Association Q-Club organized training “HIV Infection and Ageing” intended for healthcare workers, and certified as continuous education of doctors. The training took place in the Institute for Public Health of Serbia “Dr Milan Jovanovic Batut” in the premises of the HIV/AIDS office.
Goals of the training were to introduce healthcare workers, primarily doctors, with characteristics of HIV infection and with particulars regarding people ageing with HIV, but also to recognize needs for continuous development of knowledge and skills in taking care of people living with HIV, and finally to contribute to improvement of quality of life of people living with HIV. There were 27 healthcare workers participating the training in total.
Lectures in the training included the lecture of Professor Djordje Jevtovic, regarding senillium and HIV, where participants learned about health problems people living and ageing with HIV encounter in Serbia. This was followed with the lecture by Doctor Bogdanka Cabak, who spoke about rights of patients, real fears of patients living with HIV regarding healthcare services outside HIV clinics. Lecture of Ms Nada Micic presented the perspective of patients reinforced by the experience of someone working with PLHIV for many years. The training was closed by the lecture by Doctor Gordana Dragovic-Lukic, who introduce the complex problematic of drug interactions, which is particularly significant for patients using ARV treatment, but due to ageing take other necessary drugs.
Association Q-Club organised training for social workers titled “HIV and Ageing”. The training took place on September 14th 2016 in the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce.
The goal of the training is to contribute introducing the people working in social welfare centers with adequate terminology regarding illness and conditions for people living with HIV/AIDS, but also to provide up-to date knowledge and how to educate beneficiaries, their families and other interested people about HIV/AIDS. An important part of the training is introducing international conventions and local legal framework regarding HIV/AIDS (in order to adequately apply them in their every day work, and educate beneficiaries about them). The training was a good opportunity to introduce the organizations which provide support to people living with HIV/AIDS. There were 23 social workers participating in the training, most of them from various departments of the Social Welfare Center in Belgrade.
There were several lectures regarding problems of people living with HIV, but are related to social support and assistance. Participants had an opportunity to learn about medical aspects of HIV and latest innovations in treatment. They also had an opportunity to see the perspective of a person living with HIV for many years, with extensive experience working with other people living with HIV. In the end they learned about the legal framework and influence of the regulations on the social work, and social welfare approach to people living with HIV.
A meeting between the Q-Club and Dr Dragoslav Despotovic, assistant secretary for organising the health services and healthcare and Dr Gordana Belamic took place in the vicinities of the City Healthcare Secretariat on 31 of May 2016. The meeting was organised as a result of Q-Club contacting the Secretariat regarding the necessity of cooperation with the local intuitions and support for programs currently implemented by the association. During the meeting the representative of Q-Club presented activities of the organsiation, and stressed the need for participation of local authorities in implementation of activities within the response to HIV/AIDS. The hosts praised the work of the association, recognised the gaps in the services, and promised that they will consider in which way the City authorities can help the work of the association. It was agreed that the city authorities will take into consideration support to HIV/AIDS programs in the process of planning the following year, and that within this year they will include activities like marking the World AIDS Day, or the European Testing Week. They will also consider the possibility to provide offices for further work of the association.
Q-Club praises the openness of the City authorities for discussion, and has high hopes that this cooperation will yield concrete results in the future.
Representatives of Q-Club took part in the regional training Improved Treatment and Care Access (ITACA), which took place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Warsaw Poland. The training was organized by the Network of Low Prevalence Countries in Central and South East Europe (NeLP) and the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG).
The key topic of the training were HIV treatment Cascades in Central and South East Europe, and involving the civil society in developing and using this important tool. The treatment cascades were presented in the context of universal access to treatment and care and international 90-90-90 goals set for 2020 by the United Nations. A lot of attention was given to the importance of evidence-based data, particularly since due to the low prevalence of HIV/AIDS a lot of NeLP countries do not have up-to-date data, or systematically analised data or even data based on evidence. Several examples of treatment cascades developed world-wide were presented during the training, and the example from the region was the one from Croatia.
As a part of the training there was a study visit to the HIV Clinic in Warsaw, which is known as one of the exemplary clinics in the Region providing the most comprehensive treatment and care to its patients. During the visit the participants could learn about the system that has been developed on the clinic for treating patients, which was based on the treatment models in the USA.
Following the visit to the HVI clinic, study visit was continued in the Foundation for Social Education, which is one of the leading civil society organizations in Poland. During this visits the participants learned about the current HIV epidemiological situation in Poland, obstacles faced by the people working in response to HIV in Poland, as well as presentation of the Foundation for Social Education.
The training sparked a lot of interest, and it already formed some ideas for national and international activities aiming to develop treatment cascades in the region.
HIV and Your Body: Going Beyond Undetectable – The International Training Day, took place in Vienna (Austria), from 12 to 13. may 2016., was intended to bring together the experienced infectious disease specialist, medical workers and PLHIV activist from numerous european and international organisations.
This meeting training is primarily aimed to encourage/support PLHIV individuals/communities by educating them in the management of their personal health; to improve understanding signs and symptoms of co-morbidities and how they are better managed and prevented; to enhance dialogue between “patients” and “physicians”; and to provide further updated information and guidance on the management of ageing with HIV.
One of the main focuses of presentations of doctors were: long-term preservation and understanding the state of ageing with HIV, among patients after their suppresssion of viral load (reaching the level of undetectability) and prevent some serious complication due to the occurrence of co-morbidities or co-infections.
Several key aspects of the complications that can occur with HIV during aging, is presented through a series of lectures, discussions and workshops.The first aspect was related to cardiovascular disease and risk for the occurrence of co-morbidity. About them spoke Professor Neil Poulter, epidemiologist and cardiologist at Imperial College London; Another aspect was related to the bone and kidney disease as well as the potential risks of obtaining co-morbidity. About this issue spoke nephrologist Angar Rieke, from the Clinic Kemperhof Koblenz (Germany), and Professor Giovanni Guaraldi infectologist from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (Italy).
Also, we emphasize very important presentation of Professor Valerie Poucher-Martinez, from the Institute for Infectious Diseases, Pitiè-Salpêtriére (Paris), about the co-infection with Hepatitis C and lecture of Professor Jean-Philippe Spano, from the Department of Oncology at the Pitiè-Salpêtriére Hospital (Paris), about the risks and occurrences of non-specific anal and other cancers among people living with HIV, who have a good level of CD4 cells and undetectable levels of virus in the blood.