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.

Press Conference for European Action „Talk HIV. Test HIV“

Press Conference „Talk HIV. Test HIV“ took place on November 21st 2013. in the Info-Room of the Youth office of Belgrade. The Conference was organized by AS Center and the Youth office.
Ms. Tamara Blagojevic, Director of the Youth office of Belgrade, opened the Conference by expressing her pride to be a part of such an important paneuropan action. Following Ms. Blagojević was Ms. Stanislava Vidovic, Senior Project Manager and National Coordinator for SoSYEP, GIZ, where GIZ is one of the donors supporting the HIV testing week cooperation in Serbia.
European HIV testing week was then presented to the journalists and guests, as well as activities which will be implemented during the testing week, as well as cooperations formed around these activities. Activities were presented by representatives from the Youth of Jazas, Safe Puls of Youth, AS Center, while the activities of the Q-Club were presented by Mr. Rade Kuzmanovic. He also talked about the problem of the low prevalence setting in Serbia, and about the development of the European HIV testing week idea.

A meeting with the Minister of health


After the meeting with the representatives of the Republic Healthcare Fund, delegation of PLHIV organizations held a meeting with the Minister of health, prof. dr Slavica Djukic-Dejanovic. Dr Dragan Delic, Chief of medicine on the Clinic for Infectious diseases in Belgrade, and Katarina Mitic, Project Director of Global Fund at the Ministry of Health of Serbia also participated the meeting. 

The key topic of the meeting was including 4 new medicines on the positive A list for people living with HIV. The Minster expressed her supprot and promissed that she is doing everything in her power, although the final word is in the Republic Healthcare Fund. None the less she was convinced that by January the medicines will be included on the list!
A member of the PLHIV delegation was Bratisla Prokic from the Q-Club, who reffered to the minister's promise of 2013 being the year of justice for people living with HIV. He stressed that all the factors and the expert oppinions are already known as well as the farmaceutical and economic factors. He also stressed that it was necessary to get all the registered HIV medications on the positive A list so that doctors could use them when needed, and that in this way a lot of energy is wasted on band-aid solutions.

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