In response to the initiative of the Q-club for solving the key problems of people living with HIV in Serbia the HIV Commission of Vojvodina held a meeting along with the members of our Q-Club. The meeting took place in Novi Sad on March 15, and it was an opportunity for us to present our initiative, as well as our accomplishments so far.
The HIV Commission of Vojvodina is comprised of eminent experts, doctors and members of the civil society – generally well informed with the HIV situation in our country. The members of the Commission expressed their concern for the situation in Belgrade – where the majority of HIV patients receive treatment.
Even though the situation in Vojvodina is slightly better on availability of diagnostics and (dis)respect of confidential data, there are still problems to be solved – like availability of new therapy options. Since solving of these problems is within jurisdiction of republic institutions, the HIV Commission will address those institutions with support to our initiative, and invitation for solving those problems.
We are very grateful to the members of the HIV Commission of Vojvodina for their warm welcome, and hope for a very successful cooperation on improving the situation of PLHIV in Serbia.
Representatives of our Q-club have met with Dr Branislava Belic, the president of the Assembly of Autonomic Province of Vojvodina and had a chance to discuss with her about current position of people living in our country.
The invitation for the meeting came following the initiative of the Q-club for solving the problems people living with HIV face in the system of the social welfare. This was a very important meeting, and the accent was given to the conditions PLHIV in Vojvodina live in, and problems they face.
Along with the warm welcome, Dr Belić has informed us about current initiatives and existing plans related to HIV/AIDS in Vojvodina. We have reached an agreement on future support and cooperation for our organization and our initiative for better healthcare conditions of PLHIV.
It is very commendable that the officials of Vojvodina take the problems related to HIV/AIDS so seriouslz, and that they are ready to support our work and dedication for improving conditions of PLHIV in our coutry.
Following his visit to Serbia and our Q-club in October last year, Mr Mihajlo Raskovic, HIV/AIDS activist and renowned member of the German NGO Netzwerk Plus recognised needs and problems people living with HIV in his native country face. Having returned to Germany he organized collection of aid relief, which we are now able to distribute together.
Тhe humanitarian aid is comprised of medical supplies (including medicines) – overall value of over 30.000 euro – has been delivered, via the Q-club, to the Clinic for infection and tropic diseases in Belgrade, where it will be further distributed to the HIV patients in need.
This was the first shipment of all the considerable aid collected in Germany, while the further shipments will come in the following period. This aid is invaluable for people without a viable therapy option in Serbia.
We are very grateful to the solidarity and dedication of our German peers!
The Minister of Health of Republic of Serbia, Dr Zoran Stankovic was guest of the journalist Ljubica Gojgic in her show “Izmedju dve vatre” on TV B92, on Friday, March 9 2012. The Minister replied to all question about treatment and medicine stock-outs in Serbia, and particularly those for cancer, hepatitis C and HIV. When asked about HIV medicine stock-outs, the Minister said that he is only aware of the fact that only 10% of patients don’t have medicines available, and he confirmed that the Republic Healthcare Fund is working of including those medicines on the positive list. The Minister further objected that the patients don’t turn to the Ministry with the problem, but go to the media.
The Q-club has contacted the Ministry on these issues, but apart from the letter we have reported on – we got no feedback from them. We will continue to insist that the Ministry of Health first acknowledges the problems PLHIV face, and then to work on solving them.
The entire show can be seen online on http://www.b92.net/video/video.php?nav_category=1337&nav_id=589702
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Street artist known as TKV, renowned for her numerous graffiti on Belgrade walls has enhanced offices of the Q-Club. Members of the Q-club are big fans of TKV’s work, and we have asked her to do this.
TKV decided to do a collage of faces of well known people living with HIV including Magic Johnson, Easy E, Freddie Mercury and Magi Stefanovic. The collage was placed on a special place in our offices, and apart from it, a set of TKV graffiti has beautified the entrance to our offices.
TKV you rock, thank you!!!