Donation of Group 484 and Norwegian Embassy to the Belhospice Centre
We chart the path of humanity and solidarity
Belgrade, 10 June 10 2020 – Having recognised the importance of the BELhospice Centre for Palliative Care and Palliative Medicine, Group 484 and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway donated 108,000 euro, supporting the implementation of the project “Urgent Response to COVID-19 to Protect the Most Vulnerable Groups – Cancer Patients and their Families”.
The goal of the project is to provide adequate assistance to the risk group, cancer patients and their families, especially those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, to overcome the difficult life situation they have found themselves in.
“We are aware of the need to support patients and their families, and it is extremely important to us to have had the opportunity to help the BELhospice Centre with financial support so that they could provide that support. The spread of the COVID-19 virus has certainly had negative consequences for all members of the community, and especially for the most vulnerable, such as cancer patients. Therefore, we will continue to chart the path of humanity and solidarity, and BELhospice is one of the partners on that path”- it was emphasised by a Group 484 representative.
The project has provided free psychosocial support to the BELhospice multidisciplinary team, which consists of doctors, psychologists, social workers, nurses and caregivers for over 300 cancer patients and 150 members of their families.
Having in mind its importance in this period for all the beneficiaries, Vera Madžgalj, the director of BELhospice Centre, expressed immense gratitude to Group 484 and the Embassy of the Kingdom of Norway for this important support, as a result of which over 300 oncology patients will be taken care of.
“In the next period, the BELhospice team will deliver 20 purchased wheelchairs and 30 anti-decubitus mattresses to cancer patients to be treated at home. The beneficiaries will also be given protective equipment that includes masks, gloves, disinfectants and 800 packs of diapers for the needs of 150 oncology patients to prevent coronavirus infection. Protective and hygienic means were procured for the BELhopsice team, which include protective suits, masks, gloves, disinfectants and hygienic means. In addition, coordination was organised with the representatives of the competent health, social institutions and volunteers in order to meet their needs during the coronary virus pandemic”, said Vera Madžgalj.
BELhospice Centre established in 2004, provides free comprehensive support and specialised services to advanced cancer patients and their family members; BELhospice is committed to the development of palliative care at the national and regional levels through the education of professionals and the public, consultation and cooperation with relevant institutions to improve legislation.
* Official announcement of the BELhospice centre.