Suzana Djordjevic – Director, Hemofarm Foundation, Serbia
Suzana Djordjevic, director of the Hemofarm Foundation in Serbia, explores the themes of collectivism, social care and how individual acts can have profound outcomes in today’s world. Having enjoyed a colourful career working for NGOs, the media and the Serbian government, Suzana has always allowed her beliefs and passions to guide her.
When you stepped into this role a little under three years ago at Hemofarm Foundation, what were your key objectives?
Back in 2015, my priority was to ensure that Hemofarm Foundation would become known as a health foundation. It has been active since 1993, with nearly 2,000 activities implemented in various areas in the total value of 11,5 million euros, but it wasn’t perceived as a health foundation. Monitoring the needs of the society in 2015, Hemofarm Foundation put health in focus of the national campaign WHOLEHEARTEDLY. As a responsible member of the society, we understand all difficulties which the healthcare system is facing and we intend to improve, through a partnership relation with healthcare institutions, what is of the utmost importance to us - the health of all of us. We gave 20 donations in equipment in 2015 in order to improve the quality of services in healthcare institutions in Serbia. In 2016, we started the project ‘The Most Important Call in Life’ with an aim to raise people’s awareness of organ donation, preserve life of those who wait for organs, and create a national consensus on the new Law on Transplantation. In 2017, together with our scholarship program for best students, we started a mentorship program as a unique opportunity for young students to develop their personal and professional skills thus becoming a future positive change in the society.