By Danijela Korac Mandic
The Novi Sad Humanitarian Center has been cooperating with "The Youth of JAZAS" (Yugoslavian Association to Fight AIDS). This NGO, from Novi Sad, organizes and trains young volunteers who conduct peer education in elementary and secondary schools in Vojvodina, a province in northern Serbia situated between Croatia, Hungary and Romania. Ever since WiRED's Medical Information Center opened at the Novi Sad Humanitarian Center, the Youth of JAZAS volunteers have used the Internet resources to learn more about HIV/AIDS prevention campaigns and about current epidemiologic information. Twice per week at the MIC facility, the NSHC staff works with these young people to arrange meetings and workshops and to plan future HIV/AIDS prevention activities. The group often provides lessons for Roma adolescents and trains Roma volunteers to become peer educators within their own communities.
Much of WiRED's work in Central Europe, including this Medical Information Center at the Novi Sad Humanitarian Center, is funded by the Medtronic Foundation. Medtronic is the world's leading medical technology company, providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease.