The European Commission organized a study tour as part of the P2P (People to People) programme on Use of drugs and its impact on public health in Brussels, Belgium on May 16-19. Members of the Q-Club were among the visitors, and they had the chance to hear presentations from many distinguished lecturers from all over EU about successful practical models for dealing with the issue. Since the visitors were from countries outside the EU, experience such as this was of great importance. Drug abuse was presented in a global way in relation to HIV/AIDS.
The tour had a very intense programme, which enabled the visitors to see the practices in the neighboring courtiers – where situation in Serbia is not on a satisfactory level in any field. Some of our neighboring countries had very good cooperation in the form of money donations to the civil society for therapy communities.
The organizers have stressed the importance civil sector has in the countries striving for EU membership. The participants could visit numerous institutions, meet with the representatives of the European Commission, and see the decision making processes in the European Commission and the European Council.
A part of the tour was a meeting with the representatives of the DG Enlargement (Enlargement Directorate-General), where visitors could discuss the progress of their countries with the EU membership.
Seminar “Therapeutic communities and treatment of drug users” was organized in Novi Sad by the Government of Vojvodina, and House of Hope organization from Netherlands. Novi Sad is the capitol of Vojvodina, and the leading center of all political and cultural events, but also the center for drug abuse. The seminar attracted a lot of attention by media and citizens, as well as of the political establishment.
The kick-off idea for this seminar was to present the model of therapeutic communities from Netherlands as one of the most successful models in the World, and then discuss how similar models could be applied in Serbia
We from the Q-Club had our own representatives on the seminar, and we were the only organization directly involved with PLHIV. During the seminar we have discussed issues like treatment and support to treatment, problems of patients and advocacy for improvement of their life quality, fight against discrimination and stigma.
The seminar has created some strong expectations for seeing Houses of Hope in Serbia as well.
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.