Third issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB


We have published the third issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

In this issue you can read the interview with professor, Doctor Josip Begovac, head of the AIDS clinic in Zagreb, as well as the study of G. Dragovic on pre-exposure prophylaxis. The bulletin also brings promising news about new ARV treatment options from the Atlanta CROI conference. Special attention in this issue was given to women’s health with the reports from the Third International workshop on women and HIV. The regular sections on medicine side effects and co infection you will find very useful information.

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Publisher: Q-Club, in partnership with “International HIV Partnerships”


Conference on Presenting the Draft Strategy for the Fight Against Discrimination

The Office for Human and Minority Right organizes the conference entitled "Perspectives for anti-discriminatory policy in Serbia" in the “Palace of Justice”, on April 5, 2013, where the Draft strategy for the fight against discrimination was presented.
This Draft pertains to fight against discrimination towards particularly vulnerable social groups which include people discriminated on the basis of their health status. Q-Club participated in development of this segment of the Strategy Draft.
The conference was opened by the Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, Ms. Suzana Paunovic, His Excellence, Mr. Vincent Degert, Ambassador of The Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Gordana Stamenic State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, and Mr. Meho Omerovic, President of the Board for Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The main topic on the conference were possibilities of improving the anti-discrimination efforts in practice in the Republic of Serbia, where the key speakers on this topic were Ms. Nevena Perusic, The Commissioner for protection of equality, Ms. Antje Rothemund, Head of Belgrade Office at Council of Europe and Ms. Paula S Thiede, Acting Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.
Mr. Dejan Milenkovic, the chief consultant in the development of the strategy, and civil sector theme-group coordinator presented the Draft Strategy. Mr. Nenad Petkovic from the Q-Club presented the topic of fighting discrimination against people based on their health status.

Conference on Closing of the HIV Project of the Global Fund

On occasion of closing of one of two HIV projects financed from Global Fund donations, the Ministry of Health of Republic of Serbia organized a conference on March 25. The most important results of the Project were presented on this conference.
The conference was opened by Dr. Perisa Simonovic, state secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Nenad Borovcanin, state secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and Joshua Metcalf –Wallach from The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Representative of the donor, Joshua Metcalf –Wallach expressed his contend with the results achieved in this project, and stressed that after completion of the second project Serbia will most probably not fulfill the economic criteria for further financial assistance, thus a lot of effort should be invested into sustainability of these activities in the system.
The Project Director, Ms. Katarina Mitic, stressed that along with the project which was successfully implemented, there is another project financed by the same donor, and it will last until June 2014.
Dr. Perisa Simonovic expressed his gratitude to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the donor, for supporting the efforts which Serbia invests into the response to HIV infection, and for the 20 million dollars to provide significant help in these activities, which allocated since 2004. He stressed that the project activities included 102 152 people from the vulnerable populations who were the benefactors in this Project (injecting drug users, men having sex with men, sexual workers, youth, Roma and other marginalized youth, prisoners, young offenders, children and youth in social care, and people living with HIV). He said that we really have to work on maintaining these activities.
Dr. Dragn Ilic, the Head of the institute for public health of Serbia and Katarina Mitic, the Project Director of the HIV project at the Ministry of Health, and other experts who were involved in the implementation of this project talked further about the results of this project and the contribution to the national response to HIV.
The Ministry of Health implemented this Project in cooperation with 52 different government and non-government organizations in 42 cities and municipalities in Serbia. Q-Club implemented two projects during these five years: “Center for Psycho-social Support of PLHIV” and “Increasing Adherence to ARV Therapy”.

Cooperation with the Public Healthcare Center of Belgrade


Q-Club and the Public Healthcare Center of Belgrade signed a Memorandum of Cooperation yesterday. This is the first document of this kind the Public Healthcare Center signed with a civil society organization which provides support for people living with HIV. The goal of this cooperation is a better response to the HIV epidemic in prevention and care for people living with HIV.

Signing of the memorandum formed a partnership between the organizations and defined directions of further cooperation. It also construes establishing of regular communication between the signatories, representative participation on meetings and conferences. The Memorandum also stipulates that interested users will be directed to programs implemented by Q-Club and to the HIV/AIDS counseling in the Public Healthcare Center of Belgrade.


Both sides hope for a successful cooperation on activities pertaining to response to HIV epidemics and improvement of public health.


The second issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB


Q-Club, along with International HIV Partnerships published the second issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Croatia and Serbia. This unique magazine in the region provides an overview of the most significant developments, news and reviews of the most relevant meetings and events that marked the previous year: conference news, new treatments, development of antiretroviral researches, etc.

The second issue of the Bulletin has useful and interesting information for doctors, care providers, activists, journalists and patients. The second issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB can be downloaded on the website of the bulletin:

The good news is that we will continue publishing the HIV Bulletin HTB in 2013. Thus we expect your praises, comments and suggestions that can help us make it even better. You can send them on


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