On January 17, 2017, the first children’s hospice “Firefly World” was launched in Georgia. The children’s hospice is a family-type facility, which will provide palliative care for children with chronic and incurable illnesses.
The hospice will work in three basic directions: a 24-hour service for 10 children and their parents simultaneously; a daytime center, where children and their parents will stay from morning to evening to receive the necessary services; a home care service which has already been active for one year and which provides services to 26 children and will continue to operate.
Construction of the children’s hospice was launched in February 2016 as an initiative of the Open Society Georgia Foundation, with initial funding from Evex Medical Corporation as well as with the support of the President’s fund. Since then, hundreds of donors, among them ordinary citizens and business companies, expressed readiness to support the hospice.
Over GEL 1 million was raised during a year to build the hospice. The project of the building of the children’s hospice is a fine example of cooperation between businesses, the non-governmental sector, the President, journalists and citizens.
The Tbilisi Children’s Hospice meets the standards of the world’s best hospices. Besides professional and attentive personnel, the environment, interior, the good name of the hospice and all those details, which largely determine a child’s life in the hospice, are extremely important.