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.