For over ten years, STI AIDS Netherlands hosted the European network AIDS Action Europe and provided organisational and financial support. Time for a change, and the board of STI AIDS Netherlands, in cooperation with the AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee, decided to transfer the coordination of AIDS Action Europe by 1 July 2014 to a new host organisation.
After a careful re-hosting procedure that involved several excellent candidates, Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe in Berlin was selected to take over the AIDS Action Europe coordination office. Executive director Silke Klumb explains the sincere interest of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe and the motivation to provide the organisational framework for AIDS Action Europe in the years to come: “In a time, in which NGO and community participation is under threat in many European countries, we need strong networks to ensure that the voices of NGOs are heard by policy makers, European institutions and key stakeholders. AIDS Action Europe is the HIV-related network in the region and offers great opportunities for this
STI AIDS Netherlands looks back at a very rewarding period of hosting AIDS Action Europe. Since its initiation in 2002, an impressive network has been built up, which became an important player in Europe and beyond and contributed considerably to policies and interventions in the area of HIV /AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support. STI AIDS Netherlands is proud to have contributed to these achievement by hosting the network.
The AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee remains dedicated to the multi-annual strategy of the network and to successfully realising the work plan for 2014. It is convinced that with the new host organisation, Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe, a solid partnership has been created that is suitable and well-equipped to achieve the important aims and objectives of AIDS Action Europe. The committee is happy and satisfied to have found with Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe a new partner, who has all the necessary experience, expertise and structures to coordinate such a comprehensive and complex network as AIDS Action Europe, and it is looking forward to a very fruitful cooperation in the future.
Board, directors and staff of Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe fully support the aims and objectives of AIDS Action Europe. Klumb: “We wish to bring new energy to the network and - together with the network members and partners- we will look for new ideas to improve linking, learning and agenda setting. We would like to invite our members and partners who are present during the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne to discuss what it means to be a member and how we can strengthen the network”. Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe is convinced that they have the appropriate structures, skills and expertise to implement both the short-term work plan as the medium- and long-term strategy of AIDS Action Europe. The transfer of AIDS Action Europe from STI AIDS Netherlands to Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe is expected to be finalised by 1 July 2014.