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“Promoting Universal Access: HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, Support and Prevention” Workshop

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17.10.2014

“Promoting Universal Access: HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, Support and Prevention” workshop organised by Q-Club and intended for civil sector activists working with people living with HIV or most at risk populations  took place in the “IN Center” in Belgrade on Friday, October 17th 2014.
 

 

Topics the workshop covered were:

  •  Brief history of HIV in the World and in Serbia
  •  What is antiretroviral treatment and how does it work
  •  Classification of antiretroviral treatment
  •  Treatment interruptions, resistance and importance of good adherence
  •  Access to treatment in Serbia
  •  Importance of advocating for modern treatment
  •  Ask the doctor

During the workshop participants could ask questions about very important aspects about antiretroviral treatment, and discuss them amongst themselves.

Three very important elements of the workshop were presenting personal experiences of some patients, on what it was like in Serbia before antiretroviral treatment was introduces, on how to deal with HIV on a personal level as a young person who has their whole life ahead of them, as well as option of asking specific medical questions to Dr Salemović, one of the specialists from the HIV Clinic in Belgrade.

The Workshop was lead by Nada Mićić, Bratislav Prokić and Rade Kuzmanović from Q-Club.

This workshop was one of the elements for knowledge transfer of the EATG's educational program “Promoting Universal Access: HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, Support and Prevention in Central and Southern Europe”, and as such was supported by the EATG.

 

“Basic Treatment Literacy” Workshop for PLHIV

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16.10.2014

“Basic Treatment Literacy” workshop was organized by Q-Club for people living with HIV, and it took place in the auditorium of the Clinic for Infectious diseases in Belgrade on Thursday, October 16 2014.

People living with HIV who participated in the workshop had a chance to learn about:
 

  •  Short history of HIV in Serbia
  •  How antiretroviral treatment works
  •  What happens with drug interruptions and holidays and what causes resistance
  •  Importance of good adherence
  •  How to deal with HIV on the personal level.

During the workshop participants could ask whatever they wanted to know or did not understand about ARV treatment, and to discuss very important issues they may have, and they could reply to each other and exchange their experiences with treatment.

The Workshop was lead by Nada Mićić, Bratislav Prokić and Rade Kuzmanović from Q-Club.

This workshop was one of the elements for knowledge transfer of the EATG's educational program “Promoting Universal Access: HIV/AIDS Treatment, Care, Support and Prevention in Central and Southern Europe”, and as such was supported by the EATG.

 

Participating the HepHIV 2014 Conference

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08.10.2014

HepHIV 2014 Conference – Challenges of Timely Testing and Care – focusing on testing and early detection of HIV and viral hepatitis infections was organised by HIV in Europe and it took place in Barcelona from 5th to 7th of October.

Key conclusions of the Conference were that there is an urgent need for changing the existing strategies for HIV and hepatitis testing in Europe. Number of infected people is increasing, and many are not yet aware that they have been infected. Late diagnosis implies higher mortality rate, increased risk of transmission and higher financial costs.

1 out of 3 of estimated 2.2 million people living with HIV throughout Europe are not aware of their HIV status, and about 50% of those diagnosed are classified as late presenters, with CD4 count less than 350. The biggest problem is in East Europe, but it is not negligible in other European countries, which means that new strategies for testing are needed, and they should include higher involvement of communities under the increased risks, and adequate approaches for different countries and sub-regions.

Representing Q-Club on the Conference was Nenad Petković, who presented the experiences of testing in Balkan countries and took part on the panel: “What is the role of the civil society and what are the key challenges” alongside with Ferran Pujol, Danny Morris, Nikos Dedes, Andriy Klepikov and Ton Coenen.

 

Consensus Conference

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30.09.2014

In September 2014 the HIV project of the Ministry of Health supported by the GFATM ended, and that opened a burning issue of sustainability of key activities, defined and recognized by the Strategy on HIV infection and AIDS of the Government of Republic of Serbia but also by international documents on prevention of HIV infection among populations under increased risk from HIV and support for people living with HIV.

The Consensus Conference was organised by the Ministry of Health, Institute for public health “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut” and UNAIDS, with financial support from the HIV project supported by the GFATM and with the goal to analyze and plan for sustainability of key activities, as well as achieving consensus among relevant stakeholders on national levels for future steps for maintaining successful response to HIV epidemics in the Republic of Serbia. The main conclusion of the Conference was that it is necessary to maintain key services in HIV prevention and support for people living with HIV, including HIV testing and financing treatment for patients.

Representing Q-Club on the conference was Nenad Peković, as one of the many members of the civil society sector. Many of the invited representatives of key ministries and local self-governments did not take part on the Conference, which raises the question of whether the planned services will indeed be supported.

 

Joint Session of Parliamentary Committees on LGBT rights

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23.09.2014

A Joint session of the Parliamentary Committee on Human and Minority Rights and Equality of Sexes and the Committee for European Integrations of the National Assembly took place in the National Assembly on Tuesday, September 23, 2014. The topic of the Joint session were issues concerning status and rights of LGBT people in Republic of Serbia.

At the invitation of the President of the Board, representative of Q-Club, as well as several representatives of other civil society organizations took part in this session as well. Our legislative authority expressed support to LGBT population and recognized the need for increasing efforts of all state authorities in order to improve the situation regarding protection of rights, particularly in regard to violence towards LGBT population.

Main focus of Q-Club’s efforts are health issues and topics regarding HIV/AIDS, but having in mind the current situation regarding rights of LGBT people in our society, stigma this population faces and its influence to public health problems we completely support improving the human rights status, particularly for LGBT people.

 
 
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