Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe identified affordability of health care with special focus on prices of medication and diagnostics as one of fields that have major impact on reaching the goals of reducing the number of undiagnosed HIV cases and reaching universal access to HIV treatment and care.
In 2015 Steering Committee decided to develop a training manual that is used as the basis of trainings for community members and activists that are already working or would like to work on the issue of affordability. The manual was updated and translated into Russian in 2017. The manual is in open access and can be downloaded here.
Based in the training manual 6 regional trainings were conducted on the topic of affordability and pricing of medications in 2016 and in 2017.
In 2016 AIDS Action Europe conducted three regional trainings for activists and community members from 1) the Baltic States 2) non-EU countries from Central and Southeast Europe and 3) EU countries from Central and Southeast Europe.
In 2017 AIDS Action Europe conducted three regional trainings for activists and community members from 1) the Southern European EU member states 2) Russian language training for activists and advocates from Eastern Europe and Central Asia and 3) a second training for Southern European EU member states.
These regions were identified by the Steering Committee as those regions that are affected by the present IP system and pricing of medications. The “new” EU states have weaker economies and spend relatively less on their healthcare, while the non-EU countries are affected due to their interest in joining the EU and thus being subject to agreements and regulations that limit their use of generics antiretroviral medications which will have an effect on the prices and accessibility of these drugs.
In 2018 the manual was updated and extended with additional chapter on guidance for trainers. Based on the manual 2 training for trainers were conducted in November 2018. All-in-all, 12 participants from 10 countries took part in the training for trainers. This was the first step on the way to conduct national trainings in national languages in 2020.
In 2019, AAE will conduct 2 webinars on issues of access and affordability. First webinar will take place in June 2019 and we will talk about Global Intellectual Property Regimes and Schemes.