We opened phase 1 of the BelHospice center, Serbia October 25, 2018 On the 17th October, Hospices of Hope opened phase 1 of the new center BELhospice in Serbia. The center will offer two new services – a day-care center 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 center. 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 Labor, 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. Find out more about our work.