The Counseling session was organized in Kiev, Ukraine, by UNAIDS, World Health Organization on March 16-18, 2011. The occasion was the forthcoming session of the General Assembly of the UN, dedicated to HIV/AIDS in New York on June 2011.
The topic of the session was the situation in the Europe and Central Asia regarding the Universal Approach. The President of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé addressed the participants via video stream.
On the third day the World Health Organization presented its strategy and activity plan for the next five years. Every country had representatives of the government and non-government sector. Representatives from Serbia were Dr. Danijela Simic and Nenad Petkovic from Q-Club.
Universal Access is the dominating principle in the international efforts of combating HIV/AIDS. It means that all people, everywhere in the World have the right for education, counseling, care, support of various sectors, health services, medications – all of which will help prevent spreading of HIV, support people living with HIV and their families and caretakers, in order to enable them with longer and more productive life, decrease AIDS related illnesses, help families of people threatened with AIDS, and lessen the impacts of illness and death in their families.
The TASCO (Technical assistance for organizations of civil society) project has a goal of building capacities for the organizations of civil sector. Part of that project was the training on Managing OSCs on Kopaonik on March 14-16, 2011.
Good management is a prerequisite for sustainability and effectiveness of the organizations of civil society, and thus the entire society, this training was aimed at bettering the work within the organization by strengthening the capacities of the organizations to increase their role in the society as a whole.
Bratislav Prokic represented the Q-Club on the training.
Our center for promotion of positive living of our Q-Club is starting the action “Set the standards 2011-2013” with the goal to create standards of the psycho-social support services for people living with HIV. This action is supported by the Balkan Fund for Local Initiatives “BCIF”.
One of the problems people living with HIV in Serbia face is lack of adequate services for psycho-social support. This service is necessary for them to be able to use their abilities and potentials by equal treatment in all the spheres of our society. This kind of support in also necessary so that the service providers on the national level would see the real needs of PLHIV and include financing of such services in the national budget.
These activities are bigger than us, and they provide solid bases for work of all other service providers, like public institutions, private companies, NGOs. The ultimate goal is to provide sustainable high quality services for all the users.
The Balkan Fund for Local Initiatives “BCIF” has approved the funds for beginning of this project under condition that we provide the rest from private donors as part of their social responsibility. It is necessary for us to show that there are companies and people willing to help this kind of programmes in our country.
We invite you to take part in our action, and with your donation help us finish this action. You will help improve quality of life of people living with HIV.
Individual donations can be deposited with the Q-Club, every work day from 10 to 16 (ul. Gornjačka 30, Belgrade) or on our account 330-4004827-28, Credit Agricole Banka.
Every dinar you donate will be matched by BCIF.
Thank you in advance,
Team of the Center for promoting positive living of the Q-Club.
A counseling session with Mr. Ananda Grover, Special Reporter to the UN on the right to health was organized in Budapest on November 26-28. Ms. Dragana Korljan from the OHCHR office presented the Office of the High Commissioner for human rights (OHCHR) and the role of special procedures in the work of this UN agency; and Mr. Grover presented the mandate of the Special Reporter of the UN on the right to health, and an overview of the issues in the region.
Some of the topics on the counseling session were:
• Public systems and public budgets,
• Rights of patients,
• Sexual rights,
• Reproductive rights,
• HIV/AIDS and the right to health protection,
• Right to health and drug abusers,
• Right to health and Roma communities.
Representatives to this session from Serbia were Dragan Ilic from Jazas and Nenad Petkovic from Q-Club.
Bratislav Prokić, coordinator of the youth programme of the Q-Club, was a guest to Miljan Tanić, in the show “Question Mark”, on the radio station Slovo Ljubve, of Belgrade-Karlovac Archbishopric.
The occasion for this guest appearance was the World AIDS Day and our ongoing campaign “Be adherent to your own health”. Slovo Ljubve is a very popular radio station among the orthodox Christians, and a good media to present the campaign, since this is a topic concerning all people, regardless of their religion.
During the show some basic information on HIV/AIDS were given, myths and misconceptions were discussed, and some problems of PLHIV were presented.
“The church plays an important role, because it should openly promote responsible behavior to one’s own health. We know that our body is a temple, which we need to preserve. It is a big sin to be irresponsible and tear it down, but a sin is also condemning people with problems. Religious people in particular shouldn’t condemn like that” said Bratislav.