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First Direct Elections to The Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe

We have good news! For the first time in the history of the Network, the members of AAE are going to directly elect the members of the Steering Committee! Driven by the goal to ensure a more transparent and democratic governance structure for AIDS Action Europe, as well as to strengthen the collaboration within the network, the Steering Committee of AAE decided to establish direct elections to the Steering Committee. This happens for the first time in the history of the Network, and we are excited to embark on this path together with you! The election procedure: The elections will be conducted in December 2022. In order to ensure the most efficient selection procedure, we have opened pre-registration for voting. Only one person for an organization will have the voting rights. Therefore, we ask you to assign the person for your organisation who has the authority to vote in the name of the organisation and is available in December 2022. Once the election is open, the assigned person will receive the link to the email address entered at pre-registration. Registration  Become AAE Member 

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Call for Applications to the Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe

The AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee, together with the AIDS Action Europe Office, are happy to announce the Call for Applications for the  first Steering Committee Members who will be directly elected by the AAE Membership   Driven by the goal to establish a more transparent and democratic governance structure for AIDS Action Europe, to ensure fair participation in the decision-making…
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“53% of clients had never taken an HIV test before“ - interview with Lella Cosmaro about the pilot campaign on HIV self-testing in Italy

HIV self-testing is an important tool for people and populations who otherwise would not access services due to various reasons, including stigma and discrimination. Effect of measures implemented in the beginning of the COVID-19 Pandemic only highlighted the importance of this tool as well as the need for virtual interventions. Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 confirmed that HIV self-testing…
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Launching of the European Coalition on Sex Workers’ Rights and Inclusion

Today, on the occasion of European Sex Workers’ Rights Alliance’s first Congress, 15 organisations, including AAE, have come together to proudly announce the launch of the European Coalition on Sex Workers’ Rights and Inclusion. The organisations who make up the Coalition are: Aids Action Europe (AAE), Amnesty International, Correlation European Harm Reduction Network (Correlation EHRN),…
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First Direct Elections to The Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe

We have good news! For the first time in the history of the Network, the members of AAE are going to directly elect the members of the Steering Committee! Driven by the goal to ensure a more transparent and democratic governance structure for AIDS Action Europe, as well as to strengthen the collaboration within the network, the Steering Committee of AAE decided to establish direct elections to…
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“HIV, Tuberculosis, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections” Thematic Network led by the EU CSF was selected by the European Commission.

“HIV, Tuberculosis, Viral Hepatitis and Sexually Transmitted Infections” Thematic Network by the EU CSF was among four proposals selected by the European Commission at the 2022 Thematic Networks kick-off meeting. Below are all four proposals:  “DisQo anti-discrimination & health equity” led by the European Public Health Alliance “HIV, Tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and sexually…
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Joint Rome Declaration on access to medicine

AIDS Action Europe together with other members of the European Alliance for Responsible R&D and Affordable Medicines have endorsed the Joint Rome Declaration to raise awareness and concerns on the most pressing issues related to access to affordable medicines.  The Declaration was developed as an outcome of the Alliance' annual meeting that took place on June 9-10 in Rome and where  AIDS…
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Call for Tenders - Consultant on Harm Reduction Services for ChemSex Users

AIDS Action Europe is currently looking for a Consultant on Harm Reduction Services for ChemSex Users.  The consultant will be responsible to develop a Training Manual for Harm Reduction Services on Adapting Their Services for ChemSex Users, in close cooperation with the AAE. Please send your tenders with the subject "Consultant on Harm Reduction Services for ChemSex Users" to Deutsche Aidshilfe…
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New project: Community Led and Based HIV Services - Key to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Europe and Central Asia

Community-based voluntary counselling and testing services (CBVCT) have proven to be one of the most effective tools in reaching key populations and providing access to testing for HIV, TB, hepatitis, and STI, especially in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, the availability of self-tests for HIV created an option for people who might otherwise avoid testing services due to multiple…
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RAPID ASSESSMENT ON PRE-EXPOSURE PROHYLAXIS (PrEP) IN EU/EEA COUNTRIES

AIDS Action Europe is conducting a rapid assessment on the availability, accessibility, affordability, and acceptability of PrEP in the EU/EEA countries as part of our activities in our core thematic areas of sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), affordability, and addressing legal and policy barriers to HIV services. Based on the information provided, we are publishing a report on…
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Call for Tenders - NGO Governance Expert

AIDS Action Europe is currently looking for an NGO governance expert consultant to conduct specific tasks within the governance review of the AAE network. The consultant will be responsible for undertaking desk research to produce an overview of NGO election procedures of similar regional networks and facilitate the development of an election system for the AAE Steering Committee in close…
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Call for Tenders. Legal Expert consultancy for the AIDS Action Europe project: Community Led and Based HIV Services - Key to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Europe and Central Asia

AIDS Action Europe is currently looking for a legal expert consultant to conduct specific tasks within the project Community Led and Based HIV Services - Key to Ending the HIV Epidemic in Europe and Central Asia "Zeroing In - Ending the HIV Epidemic" – on legal and policy barriers of Community Based Voluntarily Counselling and Testing and uptake of Self-testing. The tasks:  The consultant will…
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Support. Don't Punish. Global Day of Action 2022

This year, on June 26, the Global Day of Action of Support Don’t Punish Campaign marks its 10 year anniversary. The Campaign marks 10 years of resource mobilisation on the way of tackling the inhuman“war on drugs” and 10 years of progress towards human rights, health, science, and harm reduction based drug policies. As AIDS Action Europe, we join the “Support Don’t Punish” Campaign and recognize…
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European HIV Legal Forum: Website Launch

We are happy to finally present to you the website of the European HIV Legal Forum (EHLF), the project of AIDS Action Europe!  EHLF is focused on benchmarking the legal situation in countries of the WHO European Region with regard to various topics concerning people living with HIV and other key populations. The pilot project was released in 2012, and to this day EHLF covers the following…
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AAE is looking for a Programme Assistant

AIDS Action Europe is looking for a Programme Assistant to join our team earliest from 1 August. The position opens an opportunity to work in the biggest HIV/Aids related network which brings together experience of 400 civil society actors from Europe and Central Asia.   Your tasks include Supporting of the overall AIDS Action Europe Programme implementation, including administrative support…
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AIDS Action Europe is looking for a Project Manager

AIDS Action Europe is looking for a Project Manager to join our team earliest from 1 July. The position is full time and opens an opportunity to work in the biggest HIV/Aids related network which brings together experience of 400 civil society actors from Europe and Central Asia. Areas of responsibility application, implementation and reporting of projects of the network at European level;…
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AIDS Action Europe Stands in Solidarity with Ukraine

It has been more than a month since the Russian Federation’s ongoing invasion against Ukraine. AIDS Action Europe expresses its full support and solidarity with our friends and colleagues, their families and loved ones, our member and partner organizations from Ukraine, as well as the people of Ukraine in general. We also wish to express our admiration and support to the voices coming from…
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Call to Action from the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation and International Civil Society and Community Organizations on the War in Ukraine and Its Impacts on People Living With HIV and Key Populations

On February 24, the Russian Federation started an unprovoked war against Ukraine. Since then, the whole world has borne witness to the humanitarian catastrophe that has followed this invasion. Russian aggression has led to thousands of civilian casualties, while an estimated 18 million people are affected by the conflict, and the number of people in need of humanitarian assistance has increased…
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EU governments and EU institutions must implement measures to ensure continuity of HIV and opioid dependency treatment for people from Ukraine displaced by the war

AIDS Action Europe together with other NGOs working with and representing the interests of communities of people living with and affected by HIV, tuberculosis, viral hepatitis and drug dependence in Central and Eastern European countries, wrote a letter to EU governments and EU institutions. In this letter, we stress the urgency of ensuring continuity of essential life-saving treatments for…
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Access to HIV, TB, Hepatitis, OST and Hormone Replacement Therapy: Information for Ukrainian Refugees and People in Ukraine

AIDS Action Europe provides on this page information about various initiatives aimed to support Ukrainian refugees and people in Ukraine in the field of antiretroviral therapy, treatment for tuberculosis and viral hepatitis, hormonal therapy, opioid substitution therapy as well as resources for  key populations. Service #HelpNow. Non-governmental Ukrainian, regional and international…
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National response to HIV in North Macedonia is threatened by major budget cuts

AIDS Action Europe (AAE)  together with the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) reached out to the government of North Macedonia to ask it to reverse the decision to cut the HIV budget allocation. The initiative is in support of the HIV Platform consisting of 14 civil society and community-based organisations working in the field of HIV prevention and support among key affected populations…
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Statement on pharmaceutical industry and the non-transparency of pricing

Access to and affordability of medication and diagnostics is one of the core thematic areas for AIDS Action Europe. In our work, we focus on capacity building of patient activists on the current systems of research and development, approval of drugs and diagnostics, the nontransparent pricing procedures, and most importantly, providing examples of solutions to bring prices of medicines down, as…
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New HA-REACT Publication on Reducing Drug-Related Harms

The aim of this document is to show an approach based on the opportunities that harm reduction offers to people who use drugs, to the community and to society. It is part of the HA-REACT Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction. "This booklet is an approach to drug harm reduction: policies and interventions aimed at reducing drug-related harm for people who use drugs. …
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Brochure release: What is Harm Reduction for PWUD?

Harm reduction consists of policies, programmes and practices that reduce the negative health, social and economic effects of drug use. This brochure explains how it can benefit people who use drugs, as well as their families and communities. Download the brochure at https://bit.ly/2RZUvRl Many people are not able or willing to stop their drug use. Harm reduction acknowledges that people…
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New training tools on harm reduction available online

HA-REACT has recently developed new online tools to train staff in low-threshold settings on HIV and HCV testing and linking to needed care, on opioid substitution treatment and condom distribution program in prison settings, on prison needle and syringe programmes and harm reduction. New training courses are: HIV and HCV rapid testing in low threshold settings for PWUD in English Opioid…
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"We need trained pharmacists, governmental and social workers to improve integrated care in HU"

The NGO INDIT Foundation, based in Pécs, is one of the few organisations, which is providing harm reduction services for people who use drugs (PWUD) in Hungary. The foundation maintains facilities providing medical care services and social support, such as the “Drug Clinic” with outpatient care or opioid substitution therapy (OST), and testing and counselling; and the so-called “Alcohology”,…
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Naloxone saves lives – hands-on toolkit for policy makers and practitioners

For prisoners with a history of drug use, in particular opioid use, the risks related to drug use, in particular overdose and death are extremely high in the immediate period after release from prison, due to high rates of relapse and lower opioid tolerance. Much still needs to be done in order to ensure that people with a history of drug use are sufficiently cared for, when released from prisons…
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HA-REACT Joint Action as platform for new initiatives

The National Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Addiction (Národní monitorovací středisko pro drogy a závislosti - NMS), the Czech partner of the Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT), is participating in and adopting cross-sectional activities on harm reduction in the Czech Republic. Viktor Mravcik, the head of NMS, and his colleagues, Tereza Cernikova and…
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New Leaflet about Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT)

This new  leaflet describes the three-year project, which was launched in late 2015 with core funding from the European Union (EU), and is being implemented by 22 partners representing 18 EU Member States. The overall aim of HA-REACT is to significantly contribute to the elimination of HIV and to reduce TB and viral hepatitis among PWID in the European Union by 2020. This objective is aligned…
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New e-learning portal on harm reduction

HARMREDUCTION.EU is a brand new e-learning & knowledge hub for professionals in charge of health in prison/upon release, criminal justice/health/social service workers both in prison and in the community and drug users themselves, in Europe and in other regions of the world. All of the website content, including  the e-learning courses, the "toolbox" and other sections (case studies, reports…
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Interview with Anna Sarang on foreign agent law in Russia

«We are totally left without any financial or moral support to fight not only the epidemic, but also a government, which sabotages the health protection of their citizens». We already wrote earlier about the so-called “foreign agents law” in Russia and its enforcement on HIV service organizations. This time we talked to Anna Sarang, director of the Andrey Rylkov foundation, our member…

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