Serbia Hospice Appeal


Serbia has a population of 7.5 million. Cancer is the second cause of death in the country with more than 30,000 new cancer diagnoses per year and over 20,000 cancer related deaths per year. One third of cancer patients are dying in hospitals, often alone. The rest of the patients are dying at home, putting a huge strain on the families that are most often financially deprived and not prepared to deal with huge challenges that the disease brings to them. With a population of 2 million in Belgrade, there is a need for around 200 in-patient hospice beds* in the city. (* according to World Health Organization guidelines).

It is unfortunate that Belgrade and the rest of Serbia do not currently have one single specialist hospice for terminally ill patients. There are several palliative care units within State hospitals around Serbia but they are unable to provide multi-disciplinary holistic care. With this project we hope to change that and become a future Centre of Excellence for the whole country. 

The new Hospice will provide:

  • 1,200 square meters total floor space
  • 2 number of floors
  • 500 admissions to in-patient unit per year
  • 2,500 home care visits per year
  • 12 beds in the in-patient unit
  • 1,000 patients to be cared for per year
  • 600 out-patient consultations

Take a look at the building property:

Progress so far! 

An Honorary Patrons Committee has been created, a body that is offering the proper governance and transparency to the entire project and the members of this committee are:

HE Mr. Leo D’Aes, Belgium Ambassador to Serbia
HE Mr. Denis Keefe, British Ambassador to Serbia
HE Mr. Philip Pinnington, Canadian Ambassador to Serbia
Mr. Tim Cartwright, Head of Mission, Council of Europe
Mr. Andrea Simoncelli, CEO Generali
Mr. James Thornley, GM and Senior Partner, KPMG
Mr. Miloš Hamovic, Vice Chairman EFT Group
Dr. Jasmina Knezevic, CEO Belmedic
Mr. Ivica Koren, CEO Epilion
Mr. Graham Perolls, Executive Director, Hospices of Hope
Mr. Alex Padureanu, Deputy CEO and Fundraising Director, Hospices of Hope
Dr. Natasa Milicevic, Founder of BELhospice
Mr. Zoran Purkovic, Director, BELhospice
Ms. Ivana Todorovic, Capital Campaign Manager

Following an extensive search we have found a site of approximately 2,500 sqm that would be ideal for the inpatient hospice. The site includes a building of approximately 800sqm that could replace the current offices and education centre as well as additional services such as a day care centre and out-patient clinic. A purpose-built wing with 12 beds will be added behind the building and the site provides space for a patient garden and parking. The house has a central heating system, its own generator as well as connections for solar panels. The whole project was proposed and led by leading worldwide agents CBRE.

A leading architect has been appointed and we have now begun the designing process, considering the best options for our future beneficiaries.

This autumn will have an operational day care centre in the new building, offering support to our existing patients and their families

How YOU can support

We have launched a fundraising campaign to secure the estimated 1.275.000 Euro needed to deliver this ambitious project.

Any contribution is highly appreciated and needed. If you would like to help us fulfill  the vision of changing the painful reality for those who need support with their incurable illness by opening our doors to in-patients, then please donate now by clicking the button below.