NEWS AND UPDATES
Due to the situation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Serbian American Medical Association's activities have been very limited.
SAMA is closely following the developments in Serbia and we are in regular contact with physicians with whom we have been sharing experiences and available data.
We realize that SAMA can only have a relatively small impact on the situation, especially considering that Serbia is already been helped by several governments (Serbia, China, EU, Russia) and has received millions of dollars worth of donations from individuals. It is important to know that according to official government statements there appears to be sufficient supplies of equipment and material such as respirators and PPE.
We expect that when this epidemic passes there will be more systematic investment in the Serbian health infrastructure. The main hospital in charge of fighting this epidemic (Clinic for Infectious Diseases in Belgrade) is in horrible shape (see pictures SAMA took during a visit in 2018 and the following link) and promises made by the Serbian government have been made that construction of new buildings was imminent. Dr. Stevanovic, director of the clinic, was doubtful that this would happen and asked for help in reconstructing few patient rooms.
We do plan to go and visit Serbia as soon as the situation allows. We have few projects in preparation including help to Serbian enclaves in Kosovo, as well as the above mentioned project for the Infectious Clinic.
As always, we are hopeful that together we can continue to support the people in Serbia and the Balkans. We are greatly thankful for all your help.
The Serbian American Medical Association (SAMA) is a nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to improve healthcare conditions, accessibility, and medical education across the Balkans by donating medical equipment, renovating hospital infrastructure and providing mentorship to health providers. We come from all parts of former Yugoslavia, live across North America, and are professionals in both medical and non-medical fields. We are united by a profound desire to have an impact and a belief in a better future for the Balkans.
July 01, 2020 - NOVI PAZAR
At the request of Dr. Mithat Music, surgeon at the Novi Pazar Health Center, SAMA purchased EKG, pulse oximeters and patient monitors worth a total of $9,983.07. All these have been purchased and are ready for delivery.
We wish for our friends and compatriots from Novi Pazar to stay safe and healthy, and we are looking forward to meet them in September during our trip thru Serbia.
Thank you to all of you who with your generosity have helped all the citizens of Serbia during these hard times.