Conference on cooperation perspectives of CSO-s and local self governments

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Conference on cooperation perspectives of civil society organizations and local self-governments took place in the “Serbia” palace, it was organized by Association Duga from Šabac in cooperation with the Office for human and minority rights and supported by the USA Embassy. There were over 50 participants – representatives of local self governments and civil society organizations from all over Serbia on this Conference.

The Strategy for the fight against discrimination was presented by Suzana Paunović, the director of the Office for human and minority rights. She stressed that drafting of the strategy included a wide public debate consisting of 11 round tables, and that over 150 civil society organizations took part in the drafting process.

The key elements of the Global Fund Project in Serbia were presented by Katarina Mitić, Director of the implementation unit of the Global Fund Project and the Ministry of Health of Serbia. She stressed that some programs face sustainability problems after withdrawal of the Global Fund, like the needle exchange program, since promoting such activities is very hard, as well as presenting them in the right context. As an answer to the question posted by the Q-Club, on the chances of new Global Fund rounds, Katarina Mitić said that chances are slim, due to the low prevalence and average GDP which puts Serbia in the Upper middle category. Still, if research shows that there is a concentrated epidemic in the MSM population, it would be a good cause for continued financing of certain programs.

The Director of the institute of public health of Serbia “Batut”, Dr Dragan Ilić spoke about contribution of the Association Duga to prevention of HIV/AIDS. In his talk he spoke about the importance of CSOs that work with vulnerable groups, and how they can be partners in the education system and other institutions, and employees of the institutions should work with vulnerable groups and cooperate with civil society organizations.

The conference was followed by a cocktail where participants had an opportunity for experience exchange and networking.


Appeal on acount of HIV medicine stock-out


Public announcement


Nearly 1000 people living with HIV receiving treatment at the Clinic for infectious and tropic diseases are without medications

Belgrade, May 20, 2013 – Due to the current mediation stock out in Serbia, nearly 1000 people living with HIV are left without medications. These patients receive continuous treatment on the VI ward of the Clinic for infectious and tropic diseases, but at this moment they are in a very difficult situation. If the circumstances do not change soon, the treatment of all the patients on this ward will be interrupted at least for the next week.

In the pharmacy “Clinical center” which is a part of the Belgrade Pharmacies Company, and which is the only one were people living with HIV could get their medication - no longer has any medications. According to all protocols and guidelines, therapy breaks are not allowed and can have negative consequences for the health of people living with HIV. Therapy breaks can lead to development of resistance to medication and make treatment more difficult. Treatment options are limited in Serbia for people treated for HIV, so changing treatments when one becomes ineffective is very difficult. Along with putting lives of infected at risk, this stock out increases the danger of transmission to others.

Considering these facts, the Association Q-Club is making an appeal to the institutions in charge to see the gravity and urgency of this problem, and find an adequate solution for the good of those affected by this difficult illness, and for the good of the public health.

Civil association Q-Club has been actively dedicated to basic problems in the healthcare system which people living with HIV face daily. Last year the association sent an open letter defining the five key problems people with HIV face to all relevant institutions and decision makers, those problems being: lack of recognition of HIV as a chronic disease, lack of modern HIV treatment options, irregular availability of diagnostic tests, disrespect of confidential patient data and discrimination of people living with HIV by medical service providers.

According to official data, there are over 2,500 registered people living with HIV in Serbia, but this is considered to be underestimated, and this number is growing. Support of the state is necessary to reduce the prevalence and lethality primarily by implementing adequate prevention strategies and by properly treating people living with HIV.

For any further information please contact:
Nada Mićić                                                                                                                                     Jelena Duković
Q -klub                                                                                                                                            Executive Group
063 835 05 95,                                                                              060 70 71 056,

This announcement in Word document download here.


Third issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB


We have published the third issue of the HIV Bulletin HTB for Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia.

In this issue you can read the interview with professor, Doctor Josip Begovac, head of the AIDS clinic in Zagreb, as well as the study of G. Dragovic on pre-exposure prophylaxis. The bulletin also brings promising news about new ARV treatment options from the Atlanta CROI conference. Special attention in this issue was given to women’s health with the reports from the Third International workshop on women and HIV. The regular sections on medicine side effects and co infection you will find very useful information.

You can read the third issue of the Bulletin on our website

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Publisher: Q-Club, in partnership with “International HIV Partnerships”


Conference on Presenting the Draft Strategy for the Fight Against Discrimination

The Office for Human and Minority Right organizes the conference entitled "Perspectives for anti-discriminatory policy in Serbia" in the “Palace of Justice”, on April 5, 2013, where the Draft strategy for the fight against discrimination was presented.
This Draft pertains to fight against discrimination towards particularly vulnerable social groups which include people discriminated on the basis of their health status. Q-Club participated in development of this segment of the Strategy Draft.
The conference was opened by the Director of the Office for Human and Minority Rights, Ms. Suzana Paunovic, His Excellence, Mr. Vincent Degert, Ambassador of The Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia, Ms. Gordana Stamenic State Secretary of the Ministry of Justice and Public Administration, and Mr. Meho Omerovic, President of the Board for Human Rights and Gender Equality.
The main topic on the conference were possibilities of improving the anti-discrimination efforts in practice in the Republic of Serbia, where the key speakers on this topic were Ms. Nevena Perusic, The Commissioner for protection of equality, Ms. Antje Rothemund, Head of Belgrade Office at Council of Europe and Ms. Paula S Thiede, Acting Head of the OSCE Mission to Serbia.
Mr. Dejan Milenkovic, the chief consultant in the development of the strategy, and civil sector theme-group coordinator presented the Draft Strategy. Mr. Nenad Petkovic from the Q-Club presented the topic of fighting discrimination against people based on their health status.

Conference on Closing of the HIV Project of the Global Fund

On occasion of closing of one of two HIV projects financed from Global Fund donations, the Ministry of Health of Republic of Serbia organized a conference on March 25. The most important results of the Project were presented on this conference.
The conference was opened by Dr. Perisa Simonovic, state secretary in the Ministry of Health, Mr. Nenad Borovcanin, state secretary in the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and Joshua Metcalf –Wallach from The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
Representative of the donor, Joshua Metcalf –Wallach expressed his contend with the results achieved in this project, and stressed that after completion of the second project Serbia will most probably not fulfill the economic criteria for further financial assistance, thus a lot of effort should be invested into sustainability of these activities in the system.
The Project Director, Ms. Katarina Mitic, stressed that along with the project which was successfully implemented, there is another project financed by the same donor, and it will last until June 2014.
Dr. Perisa Simonovic expressed his gratitude to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as the donor, for supporting the efforts which Serbia invests into the response to HIV infection, and for the 20 million dollars to provide significant help in these activities, which allocated since 2004. He stressed that the project activities included 102 152 people from the vulnerable populations who were the benefactors in this Project (injecting drug users, men having sex with men, sexual workers, youth, Roma and other marginalized youth, prisoners, young offenders, children and youth in social care, and people living with HIV). He said that we really have to work on maintaining these activities.
Dr. Dragn Ilic, the Head of the institute for public health of Serbia and Katarina Mitic, the Project Director of the HIV project at the Ministry of Health, and other experts who were involved in the implementation of this project talked further about the results of this project and the contribution to the national response to HIV.
The Ministry of Health implemented this Project in cooperation with 52 different government and non-government organizations in 42 cities and municipalities in Serbia. Q-Club implemented two projects during these five years: “Center for Psycho-social Support of PLHIV” and “Increasing Adherence to ARV Therapy”.

Five year report