South Banat
Heavy industry, naive art and vineyards

The South Banat District is a large area of 4,245km2 and covers the area east of Belgrade to the Romanian border. The administrative center is Pancevo but includes also the municipalities of Plandiste, Opovo, Kovacica, Alibunar, Vrsac, Bela Crkva and Kovin.

The city of Panchevo, which is in vicinity of Belgrade, is known for its oil refinery, the Azortara Fertilizers Plant, and Petrochemistry. This is one of the most polluted cities in the country.

The most famous municipality is probably Kovacica with its specific naive artists, a majority of them being of Slovak nationality.

This area is located in the Pannonia plain but also covers a hilly area on the border with Romania. The town of Vrsac is well known for its traditional vinyards, but also for well developed industry and this is the seat of the biggest pharmaceutical company in Serbia, "Hemofarm Group".


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Diabetes incidence in Serbia Reaches Alarming Level
By Sanja Stamenkovic, Jefferson Institute

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic diseases, both in Serbia and worldwide. Diabetes occurs when the body can deal with its sugar deposits. This happens if the organism doesn't produce enough insulin, or the system can't use the insulin our bodies produce. According to the World Health Organization, around 350 million people have diabetes. In 2012 1.5 million people died of diabetes, of which more than 80% in low and middle-income countries. 

Institute of Public Health of Serbia released data according to which 12,4% adult population in Serbia suffer from some form of diabetes. 95% of total diabetes cases are type 2...