Q-Club, Center for affirmation of positive living, in cooperation with civil society organizations, government institutions and activists, will continue implementation of activities during the second pan-European initiative “European HIV Testing Week” which will take place on November 21-28 2014.
Q-Club, in cooperation with international partners, has provided rapid HIV tests which will be used during the European HIV Testing Week.
Voluntary and confidential counseling and testing will be performed in cooperation with the Belgrade public healthcare center in student dormitories in Belgrade. Also, Q-Club will perform field counseling and testing in front of Belgrade gay clubs in cooperation with Association Duga,.
Testing will be free and available to everyone who wants to get tested.
You can contact us regarding suggestions on activities during the European HIV Testing Week by Q-Club phone 011/407-35-36, every work day from 12 to 16 hours.
The second pan-European action “European HIV Testing Week” will take place this year from November 21 to 28. The goal of the European Testing week is calling for the European community to unite for one week to increase awareness of the benefits of HIV testing; so that more people are aware of their HIV status and can access treatment.
In preparation for activities for this week the first coordinating meeting took place the Institute for Public Health of Serbia, Dr. Milan Jovanovic Batut. The meeting was chaired by Dr Danijela Simic, head of the National Office for HIV/AIDS, and it included representatives of government healthcare institutions and civil society organizations: Dr Mila Paunic, head of the Center for prevention of AIDS and STDs of the Students’ Healthcare Center, Katarina Mitic, head of the Global Fund HIV project with the Ministry of Health and Rade Kuzmanovic, representative of Q-Club.
A draft action plan was prepared in this meeting, and it included working with youth and groups most affected by HIV. According to this plan counseling and testing will be done in student dormitories and student organizations all over Serbia, at gay parties and clubs and other gathering places of groups most affected by HIV between November 21 and 28. Healthcare institutions and civil society organizations from Belgrade, Novi Sad, Nis, Kragujevac, Čačak, Bor, Šabac, Subotica and Kraljevo announced their participation in the national action so far.
Organisations Q-Club and Građanske Incijative (Civil Initiatives) will be organizing a training about advocacy in healthcare for members of patient organizations in Serbia. The training will take place on November 28-30 2014 in Belgrade in hotel Serbia.
Goal of this training is to contribute to capacity development of the civil society – specifically patient organizations – for successful advocating in healthcare; to empower patient groups to form partnerships with other stakeholders in order to improve the healthcare system and to contribute to more active participation of patients in development of policies and standards that effect them. Another goal of the training is to provide information about the legal framework that regulates rights and obligations of patients, and to identify potential areas for cooperation and joint actions.
We invite all members of patient groups in Serbia, from all spheres to apply for the training. More details about the training is available in the Call for applications (in Serbian) which can be downloaded here. In order to apply, please complete the Application form (in Serbian), which can be downloaded here, and send them, no later than November 14 2014, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The training is free for all participants. Number of participants is limited to 20 and maximum of 2 participants per organization. Selection of applicants will be performed based on equal gender and geographical distribution as well as area of work of the applicant in order to achieve equal representation of patient groups. Selection results will be published on Q-Club’s website on November 20 2014, and participants will be notified by e-mail.
For all participants outside of Belgrade travel arrangements (equal to return bus ticket) and accommodation for November 28 and 29 will be covered (half board single rooms in the hotel).
There will be lunch and refreshments provided for all participants.
Call to Action directed at governments of the NeLP countries, pharmaceutical companies, but also HIV/AIDS activists is one of the key outcomes of the Access to Treatment in Central and South East Europe – Regional Meeting that took place in Skopje, Macedonia on October 24-27 2014.
The Call clearly states most crucial challenges for adequate access to HIV treatment, such as:
As well as some of the recognized activities mentioned stakeholders should undertake in order to improve access to HIV treatment.
Call to action in English is available here.
Call to action in Serbian is available here.
Regional meeting on Access to Treatment in Central and South East Europe of the Network of low HIV prevalence countries (NeLP) took place in Skopje, Macedonia on October 24-27 2014. The Meeting was organized by Stronger Together (Zaedno posilni) from Skopje with the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
The meeting gathered over 20 activists and experts from 15 countries of the NeLP region (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey) to assess and discuss the existing problems and challenges in access to ARV treatment people living with HIV face, and to define suitable long-term and long-term activities to overcome these problems and obstacles.
Over the three days, the participants could learn about current situations in countries from the region, both from the aspect of problems and challenges and successes and best practices. They could also define the desired situation regarding access to HIV treatment in the region, but also to take part and accountability for achieving the desired situation.
One of the key outcomes of the meeting was Call to Action directed at governments of the NeLP countries, pharmaceutical companies, but also HIV/AIDS activists. The Call clearly states most crucial challenges for adequate access to HIV treatment, as well as some of the recognized activities mentioned stakeholders should undertake in order to improve access to HIV treatment.
The meeting was moderated by Bryan Taxeira from Change Management & Partnerships, Nenad Petković from Q-Club and Andrej Senih from Stronger Together. Representing Serbia on this meeting was Rade Kuzmanović from Q-Club.
There was a press conference after the meeting where the first presentation of the Call for Action was made. Speakers on the press conference were Andrej Senih, Nenad Petković and Ben Collins.
Video from the press conference is available here.