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Serbia BELhospice

Our country partner in Serbia is BELhospice.   

BELhospice is the only charity in Serbia providing free hospice care to terminally ill cancer patients. BELhospice was founded by Dr. Natasa Milicevi in 2004 and since then has cared for more than 1,750 patients. Its aim is to provide hospice care according to standards set by the World Health Organisation and the European Council.

It is difficult for medical charities to receive state funding and authorisation in Serbia. In 2017 BELhospice's home care service was officially recognised by the Government and that service is now licensed. This is a major step and acknowledged the international standard of the services provided by the team.  

Serbia has the highest cancer mortality rate in Europe. 

The team

BELhospice Hospice has a multidisciplinary team with doctors, nurses, a social worker, psychologist and spiritual co-ordinator. 


Official Opening Ceremony, Phase 1 of the Hospice Centre  

In 2015 256 patients were cared for by BELhospice. Care was given through home care services with 1,613 visits made by the medical teams and 3,916 phone consultations made. 

In 2018 Phase 1 of the new hospice centre was opened and when fully operational, two new services will be introduced - an out-patient unit and a day-care centre. The number of home care visits will also be increased.  

Testimony from families supported by BELhospice