On the 17th October, Hospices of Hope opened phase 1 of the new centre BELhospice in Serbia. The centre will offer two new services – a day-care centre and an out-patient unit. It will also be the new base for home care services and BELhospice’s education and training department.
Annually, Phase 1 will provide:
· 600 out-patient consultations
· at least 2,000 attendances at the day-care centre. This service will help reduce the social isolation that is often felt by cancer sufferers
· An increase in the number of home visits by 30% (from 1,767 to an estimated 2,300)
· At least 1,000 counselling and bereavement sessions
· More suitable premises for the home visits team and the education and training department
A significant part of the funding for this project came from the EU and Yngve Engstroem, Head of Cooperation, Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia attended the official opening ceremony.
He cut the ribbon to officially open the hospice with Zoran Đoršević, Minister of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social affairs, HE Denis Keefe, Ambassador of the United Kingdom to Serbia and Chairman of BELhospice Honorary Patrons Committee and Marko Jovanović, Assistant minister of the Ministry of Finance.
There is a huge amount of complexity involved with a building project of this type in Serbia and BELhospice’s CEO, Vera Madzgalj, has negotiated her way through this with skill and patience. The next step of the project will be the introduction of an in-patient unit.
The long term aim for this project is to open the first ever purpose built in-patient unit in Serbia (Phase 2). We are in the process of agreeing the design and seeking consents for this Phase. We estimate this phase will cost more than 500,000 euros.
We want to thank each and every one of our supporters – we could not have done it without you. Click here to find out more about our projects in Serbia.
About the Charity
Hospices of Hope developed from very small beginnings into a leading palliative and hospice care organization in South East Europe. Since 1992, we have facilitated care for more than 40,000 patients in Romania, Moldova and Serbia and have trained more than 20,000 health care professionals from all over Central and Eastern Europe. However, much work is still to be done as there are still many vulnerable countries and groups of beneficiaries that desperately need care and do not receive it.
Hospices of Hope in the USA
The support we have received from the US has been humbling, we were incredibly inspired by people who donated money, time and skills to an organization offering services thousands of miles away from where they live and we have responded by opening a small office in Nyack, New York, thanks to the amazing support of Dr Ronna McHammond. Ronna still runs our US branch of Hospices of Hope.
One of the most important components of our activity in the US has been, from the beginning, the transfer of know how to the country where we operate, good practice, empowering nurses etc. It all started with a project with the Rhode Island and Boston University.
At the moment we are using the skills, experience and knowledge of organizations like Cedars Sinai in LA, Stanford University or Mott Hospital in Michigan which arepioneering and piloting the usage of technology in therapy.
Find out more about our work.