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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  • limited and outdated treatment options, including limited pediatric treatments;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.

 

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.

 
 
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