A meeting about improving philanthropy development conditions

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Q-Club was happy to respond to the invitation of the Trag foundation and actively participate in the work for improving conditions for developing philanthropy and improving fundraising in the Republic of Serbia. The first meeting took place on Wednesday, November 27 in Belgrade, where the participants were introduced to tax reductions related to general good donations in Serbia, but also to the proposals for improving public policies in this field.
Together we initiated suggestions for developing standards for charity fundraising in Serbia. We believe it is necessary for all stakeholders in the civil sector to contribute in developing philanthropy, and a more responsible approach to fundraising in Serbia.

Public lecture ”HIV is not Visible”


 Public lecture ”HIV is not Visible”, marking the World AIDS Day – December 1st, will be organized by the Center for promoting positive living, Q-Club, with support of amfAR and in partnership with the Student Parliament of the School of Medicine of the Belgrade University, and other student organizations as well as civil society organizations.

The lecture will take place on Monday, December 2 in the large hall of the Dean’s office of the School of Medicines in Belgrade

Dr Subotica str, No. 8, Belgrade.
Speakers in this lecture will be Ms. Nada Micic, president of the Center for promotion of positive living, Dr Biljana Begovic-Vuksanovic, head of the HIV/AIDS center of the Center for Public Health of Belgrade, Ms. Jelena Zulevic, psychologist and psychotherapist, Mr. Predrag Azdeljkovic, editor of the Optimist magazine and Mr. Rade Kuzmanovic, activist of the Q-Club.
Moderating this lecture will be Mr. Bratislav Prokic.
As a result of fear and lack of knowledge in the general population, but also among medical experts a lot of stigma and discrimination is attached to people living with HIV, as well as gay men, men having sex with men and transgender people, who are particularly vulnerable to HIV. Discrimination can be found in all fields, social welfare, education, employment and the healthcare system. 
Mobile and creative services, adapted to the needs of this group, and sensitized medical experts are necessary for an effective response to the HIV pandemic. Educating medical students sets a good foundation for it.

Educating Roma Coordinators of Serbia

Training on HIV/AIDS was organized as a part of the National Meeting of Roma Coordinators in Ecka, near Zrenjanin, yesterday. Roma Coordinator from municipalities all over Serbia gathered for a three-day meeting organized by the UN and other institutions. On the last day UNAIDS and the Q-Club seized an opportunity to present the participants with some aspects of HIV, particularly of marginalized social groups, like Roma population. 
Bratislav Prokic, activist of the Q-Club stressed the role of the Roma Coordinators and Roma Association to respond to HIV infection. Vulnerability to HIV is several-fold with Roma population, which is often double or multiply stigmatized. This relates to gay men, men having sex with men and transgender people, as well as to injecting drug users and sex workers. In this training Roma Coordinators got some practical advice on how to help people living with HIV/AIDS.
The participants had numerous questions, and expressed significant interest for education and testing implemented by the Q-Club with the support of the amfAR foundation. The discussion following the training gave some interesting cooperation possibilities and ideas for local initiatives on the local level, and led to the conclusion that the existing ones need a more inclusive approach of support for the Roma population.

Promotion of the European HIV Testing Week

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Q-Club in association with Glaxo Smith Cline organized a public promotion of the European HIV Testing Week in the Airport City business center on Tuesday, November 26. The goal of this action was informing the employees of the Airport City business center about the European HIV Testing Week, but also rising attention and awareness about HIV, and invitation to get tested.
Students of Pharmacy and Medicine distributed promotional and educational materials and talked to the employees within the buildings of the Airport City business center, who showed greater interest for the subject than expected.

Workshop for Transgender People and HIV Testing

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The first workshop for transgender people was organized by Q-Club and AS Center on November 23. Participants of the workshop talked about problems of transgender population, and about some of the challenges this population faces, with a particular accent to stigma and healthcare problems, but also dangers regarding HIV. The participants also openly talked about HIV, shared personal experiences and had an opportunity to learn something new.
The workshop was followed by night-time HIV counseling and testing in Q-Club, where most of the participants got tested, thus sending a message to their friends that HIV testing is an important segment of keeping one’s own health in check. The testing was done in cooperation with Rainbow association, and is one of the activities within the European HIV testing week.

Five year report