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Call for applications for Advocacy in healthcare training

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03.11.2014

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 office@q-club.org.rs.

NOTE:
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!

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03.11.2014

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:

  • limited and outdated treatment options, including limited pediatric treatments;
  • dangerous and unacceptable treatment interruptions that can lead to resistant forms of HIV;
  • inadequate planning of budget for treatment and inefficient funding mechanisms;
  • lack of registered medicines and delayed decisions for reimbursement;
  • systemic obstacles to timely start of antiretroviral therapy, such as lack of health insurance for certain affected individuals or groups.

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.

 

Access to Treatment in Central and South East Europe – Regional Meeting

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29.10.2014

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.

 

“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.

 
 
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