Serbia: For affected people – by affected people
This project has been called into life by the “Positiven Dialog” to provide support to people who have to live with this illness and to provide a direct form of help to the HIV/AIDS ward , Pavillon 6 of the Hospital in Belgrade.
By our official visit of the HIV ward in Belgrade in 2013, we discovered that although the treatment rooms where in good condition (renovated by the Global Fund). The patients rooms, the sanitary facilities and the recreation room did not come up to european expectation.
Just as the basic medical care of the patients on the ward, where they regularly experience shortages of medical supplies and sanitary articles, often for weeks. After a period of deliberation the Positiver Dialog decided to take this project on.
On the 27. 02. 2014 a meeting was held with Dr. Dubrovka, her team and the Positiver Dialog. The following points have been discussed:
- general help for patients on the HIV ward the provision of medical supplies and sanitary articles
- further possibilities for the acquisition of hospital beds
- and eventually the possibility of renovating the ward
The organisation to acquire these urgently needed resources will be done in advance by the Positiver Dialog in cooperation with two very committed affected women. Everything will then be obtained and handed over directly to the ward.
In the 15 years history of the Positiver Dialog, this is certainly the most challenging and emotional project we have ever taken on. By rising to this challenge we want to set a sign of solidarity.
An estimated 6000 people live with HIV/AIDS in Serbia but only 1500 are taking medication. It can´t and should not be happening that in times of globalization, affected people in Serbia, which is not part of the EU, get discriminated against on grounds of their Illness.
We see our work as an act of solidarity and humanity, against Stigma, ostracism and exclusion.