The fourth meeting within the South East Europe and North Africa (SEE & MENA) program of JUSTRI (ex-HIVTRI) took place in Marrakesh, Morocco on December 13-15 2012.
The goal of this program was experience exchange between medical professionals and activists in the region, where these experiences share a lot of commonalities related to HIV; and capacity building for a successful response to modern challenges in treating this infection and life with HIV. A series of extraordinary trainings for professionals with the focus on availability of ARV treatment and care for people living with HIV has been continued. This meeting comprised of innovative and exceptionally successful multinational and multidisciplinary work groups for empowering regional networking and education on specific issues for participant countries. The Forum dealt with topics like stigma, pediatrics, medicines, approach and development to conditions for improving research and support services.
Participants from Serbia were Dr Snežana Brkić, from the Clinic for infectious diseases from Novi Sad, Dr Gordana Dagović from the Medical School of Belgrade University, Snežana Stevančević – head nurse of the HIV/AIDS ward in Belgrade and Nada Mićić and Nenad Petković from the Q-Club.
All presentations from this meeting, as well as other useful materials gathered by JUSTRI can be found on: http://justri.org/web/
In the Belgrade offices of the company Glaxo Smith Kline Export Ltd. the employees marked the World AIDS Day together with representatives of the Q-Club. During a brief presentation by Bratislav Prokić from the Q-Club, the employees of the company could learn more about lives of people living with HIV in our country.
The conclusion of this presentation was that there are big problems and insufficient support in solving those problems. The participants of this event asked numerous questions which were answered by Nada Mićić, the president of our organization. „Although for most issues all it takes is good will and engagement of the community, there are still problems that require substantial help. Companies in Serbia so far didn't show significant understanding and sufficient degree of social responsibility when facing AIDS.” – stressed Nada Mićić.
We invite all members and interested parties to attend the annual General assembly meeting of the Association of Citizens Q-Club.
The session of Assembly will held on 22 12 2012 starting at 18h in the premises of the Association of Citizens "Q-Club" in Belgrade, Šafarikova 6, with the following agenda:
1. Selection of Chairperson and recording secretary;
2. Submission and approval of the annual report on the work of the Board;
3. Tasks and objectives of the Association of Citizens "Q-Club" in 2013;
All interested are invited to confirm their presence three days earlier due to space limitations.
Contact: Bratislav Prokic
A two day training: ”You have the right to have the right” was organized by the Ministry of Health of Republic of Serbia and the Red Cross. The topics of the training pertained to medical, social and legal aspects of tuberculosis. Main topics were healthcare, advocacy, and the role of the civil sector within the Global Fund Project.
From the beginning of the Global Fund project in Serbia, a positive trend of incidence decrease of people contracting tuberculoses was observed, from 37 contracted cases per 100 000 citizens in 2003, to 18 contracted cases per 100 000 citizens in 2011, which is lower than the average European rate for this disease. Diagnostic and treatment improvement projects yielded significant results as well as programs of control of tuberculoses in most at risk populations, and addressing the co-infection of tuberculoses and HIV. However, multi-resistant, and extensively resistant tuberculoses will be a big global problem for some time to come.
Although some potential vaccines and new medications have entered the clinical trial phase, so far the only really effective measures to control tuberculoses are: raising awareness, early detection and adequate treatment. It is important to address the symptoms like prolonged cough – longer than two or three weeks, or coughing out blood. Those are the signals that the patient should turn to a pulmonologist. Not everyone infected with the mycobacterium tuberculosis bacteria will succumb. Even though several weeks in therapy the person with tuberculosis isn’t viral and dangerous for the environment, such people are often faced with high stigma and problems at work.
HIV is the highest risk factor for contracting tuberculosis, and almost 30% of people living with HIV die from tuberculosis. Early detection of tuberculosis in people living with HIV will increase the chances for a complete recovery. For that reason representatives of patient groups took part in this training. Representing the Q-Club was Bratislav Prokic.
We are grateful to the organizers of the training, and the lecturers. We hope to work closely in the future toward achieving our mutual goals.
The Eleventh International Congress on Drug Therapy in HIV took place in Glasgow, Great Britain, on November 11-15, 2012.
The goal of this biannual congress was to provide a relevant, coherent and relevant science program which supports the newest progress and innovations in the therapeutic strategies and researches that influence HIV management.
Although HIV treatment is continuously progressing, there are still significant challenges, and like during previous congresses issues like pediatric vertical transmission from mother to child, and treatment in poor countries got significant attention. Another result of the Congress is networking of researches and assistance to civil society organizations to develop contacts with experts from all around the World. This congress is the most significant European event in the field of HIV. Special convenience during this congress is that the program is organized uniquely with just one lecture at the time, which enables everyone to follow all the lectures.
Focus this year was on issues of therapy being used as prevention and discussions on when to start with therapy. Representative of the Q-Club on the congress was Nenad Petkovic.
Verbal and poster presentations will be available on the Internet on the web address: http://www.hiv11.com/default.aspx