The Gerontology Centre Kragujevac, on September 26, 2017, ceremoniously opened the Palliative Care and Treatment Unit, with the presence of high representatives of the European Union and the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

The project “Palliative care and treatment in the local community” made significant benefits for beneficiaries and the local community: 100 visits were made to service beneficiaries by the multidisciplinary team, care was provided for 78 beneficiaries in their homes – a total of 15,840 services. Also, there were 22 beneficiaries, who were provided with palliative care service in the Gerontology Centre, a total of 2,156 days with 17,248 services rendered. The palliative care unit at the Gerontology Centre Kragujevac is adequately equipped with accommodation capacity for 26 beneficiaries which makes it a 500m2-facility that meets all the standards for high quality accommodation and services.

The realization of this comprehensive project began in 2011 when the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs recognized the importance of palliative care services. That year, the Ministry financed the upgrade of the facility from € 105,000 and thus created a condition for further activities.

In 2015 the EU continued its support through the Project “Palliative care and treatment in the local community” with 253,396.33 EUR. The project was implemented by the Gerontology Centre Kragujevac and Viktorija Association for 18 months with the support of the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs as the main beneficiary of the project. The overall goal of the project was to improve the quality of life of people in a terminal state in the City of Kragujevac and neighbouring municipalities.

During the project implementation, the ministry financed adaptation of the facility with € 115,000, and equipment was funded by the European Union, with almost € 70,000.

The palliative care and treatment service is the beginning of the provision of specialized socio-health services, envisaged by the Law on Social Protection. The further development can be conducted through  the specialized services for people suffering from dementia and Alzheimer’s, as well as specialized rehabilitation services.

The “European Union Support to Inclusive Society”, a project funded by the European Union with EUR 5.4 million, aims to ensure greater social inclusion of vulnerable groups in Serbia such as elderly, children, minorities including Roma and others. Through the project the EU has granted EUR 4.3 million as 28 grants, which will be implemented in 36 cities and municipalities in Serbia by the end of 2017. The projects implemented by the national and provincial social welfare institutions, municipalities and cities, social welfare centers , citizens associations, foundations, educational institutions and public companies will increase the scope and quality of services at the local level in social and health care, housing, education and employment, and thereby strengthen the social inclusion of vulnerable groups.

The project is implemented by the Delegation of the European Union to the Republic of Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Labor, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs.

More about the project can be found on www.socijalnainkluzija.rs