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EU supports the development of palliative care services in Serbia

The Delegation of the EU to the Republic of Serbia and the Ministry of Health have the pleasure of inviting you to attend the launch event of the new EU funded project “Development of Palliative Care Services in Serbia”. The EU has granted 2.7 million € with the aim to support development of palliative care services in Serbia.

Palliative Care is an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.


30 May 2011, starting at 12.00 am
12.00–12.30 Opening session
12.30–13.00 Statements for media


MEDIA CENTRE, Terazije 3, Belgrade


Professor Dr Zoran Stankovic, Minister of Health of the Republic of Serbia (to be confirmed)
H.E. Vincent Degert, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia
Dr John Ely, Team Leader/Palliative Care Expert, Oxford Policy Management; Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, University of Minnesota, USA
Dr Perisa Simonovic, State Secretary of the Ministry of Health and/or Dr Dubravka Saranovic, Advisor to the Minister of Health

The welcoming ceremony will present an overview of Project priorities and objectives to a wider audience, including personnel in the health sector in Serbia. The Project’s primary aim is to support the Government of Serbia in the development of palliative care services in accordance with the Serbian National Strategy for Palliative Care and international best practice. 

The Project will provide technical assistance for the establishment of a comprehensive and modern system of palliative care in Serbia. The Project will assist the ministry in its effort to make these services accessible to all patients who require them, including adults and children with advanced cancer or non-cancer disease, and will support accessibility for potentially underserved population groups. An over-arching principle guiding the Project’s activity is the belief that pain relief and access to palliative care are basic human rights. The project timescale is from March 2011 to March 2014.

The Project is implemented by Oxford Policy Management in a consortium with Gesellschaft fur Versicherungswissenschaft und –gestaltung e.V (GVG), BEL Hospice, Hospices for Hope and Casa Sperantei.

Development of Palliative Care Services in the Republic of Serbia Project Office
Pasterova 2
11129 Belgrade
P.O. Box 55, Post Office 102

Tel:     +381 11 30 65 413
Faks:     +381 11 30 65 410
E-mail: office@palliativecareservices.com