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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 topics: Accessing HIV prevention, testing, treatment care, and support as a migrant with irregular status in Europe; Access to HIV-, viral hepatitis-, and TB services for people in prison and other closed settings in Europe; Criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure, and transmission; Discrimination against people living with HIV in healthcare settings and the upcoming Discrimination against people with HIV working in healthcare settings the AAE team has been working on the website for EHLF for quite some time now with the goal of turning it into an efficient and useful online tool for HIV advocacy. We collected the ever-increasing resources on the different project topics and highlighted them in an interactive way. The most interesting feature of the website is the Interactive Map which constitutes a great advocacy tool. Interactive Map - Advocay Tool The new advocacy tool - Interactive Map allows the user of the website to receive information about legislation and policies on HIV and the situation in the countries of Europe and Central Asia in a way, that is comprehensive and self-explaining. What is more, the comparative form of information presentation opens new opportunities for regional advocacy. The instructions: In order to use the map, go to the Topics section of the website, chose one of the topics, and scroll down. On the right side of the page, you will see the maps available on this particular topic, you can change in between them. You can click on the country from the map and the country information  together with the direct link to the country profile will appear. New maps and new information are continuously being added! Country Profiles The website also allows to navigate through the country list and receive more specific information about a particular country that participated in at least one of the EHLF projects. On the country profile you can access country statistics and information, as well as see the projects in which the particular country participated, and further navigate to the project page.      

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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…

Alternative ways of ensuring access to drugs and medicines

DNDi or Drugs for Neglected Disease Initiative celebrates its 15th birthday this year. This initiative is one of the unique examples of non-for-profit alternative models for research and development (R&D) of a new drugs. This initiative works to ensure that populations that are left behind will have access to live-saving medications. Its story started in 2003 after Medicines Sans Frontiers (…
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Training Materials for Community Health Worker addressing gay men and other MSM are available online!

The training material toolbox curriculum for training Community Health Workers (CHW) working with gay men and other MSM was developed in the frame of the EU-funded ESTICOM project (www.esticom.eu). The project aimed at improving access and the quality of prevention, diagnosis of HIV/AIDS, STI and viral hepatitis and health care services for gay men and other MSM. The Project became an important…
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High Time to Listen to the Voices of the Communities

Ferenc Bagyinszky, the Project Manager of AIDS Action Europe, participated as NGO Observer at the 45th meeting of the #UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board #PCB45, which took place on December 10-12 in Geneva. We would like to call your attention to his intervention made under to the agenda point: Report by the NGO Representative "If it is to be truly universal. Why universal health coverage will…
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Communities at the core and forefront of the HIV response

On this World AIDS Day – themed “Communities make the difference” – AIDS Action Europe proudly announces its support to HIV 2020: Community Reclaiming the Global Response conference, taking place in Mexico City on July 5-7, 2020. In 2018, after the announcement of the next International AIDS Society Conference taking place in San Francisco/Oakland in 2020, an alliance of global, regional and…
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Overcoming obstacles to access to PrEP in Europe

The 2nd European PrEP Summit took place in Warsaw, Poland from October 10-12. More than 200 activists, PrEP users, civil society, academia and doctors have gathered from all over Europe and Central Asia to discuss the current state, challenges and opportunities of PrEP use. Although pre-exposure prophylaxis, or shortly PrEP, is a very effective method of preventing HIV infections, it´s uptake and…
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Policymakers called to prioritise quality of life of PLHIV on political agenda

HIV Outcomes launched today a Call to Action urging European policymakers to ensure that long-term health outcomes and the quality of life of people with HIV are high on the political agenda. At a roundtable event in the European Parliament, Members of European Parliament, the European Commission, European experts, patients and clinicians discuss key findings from a new report, which highlights…
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Criminalisation of HIV in Europe: preliminary findings

The European HIV Legal Forum (EHLF) is a project of AIDS Action Europe, the goal of which is to develop effective means of improving access to HIV services for all those who have limited access to HIV services due to legal obstacles, through the united efforts of legal and policy experts with the aim of bringing into effect a rights-based approach to health as adopted by the European Commission.…
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Science vs. HIV Criminalisation. AAE Member and Partner Meeting 2019

Criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission – one could think that this is not an issue anymore. The contrary is true: It is a growing phenomenon in our region that has direct and deep impact on human rights. This is why the AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee decided to take the topic up in its 2019 Member and Partner Meeting and combine it with partner notification and…

Call to join the AAE Steering Committee

Are you involved in an HIV/AIDS related NGO or community group? Is your organisation a member or partner of AIDS Action Europe? Are you motivated to work towards a more effective response to the HIV, TB and viral hepatitis epidemics in Europe and Central Asia? If so, apply now! We currently have 3 vacancies in our Steering Committee for a 3-year term of 2020 – 2022, starting on 1. Jan 2020,…
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Keeping HIV/AIDS activist engagement accessible

How are politics and life narratives in the fields of HIV/AIDS activism in Europe entangled? – This was not an easy leading question of the EUROPACH Closing Conference “Living Politics: Remembering HIV/AIDS Activism Tomorrow”. AAE, as associated partner of the European research project EUROPACH, participated at its closing conference, which took place in Berlin, Germany on September 12, and 13.…
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AIDS Action Europe welcomes Winnie Byanyima as the new Executive Director of UNAIDS

AIDS Action Europe welcomes the decision of the UN Secretary General to appoint Winnie Byanyima as the new Executive Director of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). We acknowledge the important milestone decision of appointing the first woman as the leader of UNAIDS, however, we are also concerned regarding the potential strategic priorities of Ms Byanyima and concerns raised…
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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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Free access to PrEP in Germany

As of September 1, 2019, people in Germany from the age of 16 with a substantial HIV risk can get PrEP (Pre-exposure prophylaxis) for free, covered by the statutory health insurance. This is an exciting development in a country, where only two years ago PrEP was still discussed quite controversially not to mention the possibility that PrEP could be covered by health insurance. It took the…
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Are you ready for Quality Improvement?

On July 11-12 AAE conducted its Quality Improvement (QI) Workshop on Combination Prevention and Chemsex Interventions. Altogether 13 representatives of 12 member and partner organisations were trained on how to select and use one or more of the tools to improve and measure quality and impact of their interventions and projects that were developed in the Quality Action Joint Action. The…
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Making resources available to sustain HIV Prevention Programmes during and after GF Transition in UA

Ukraine has the second largest HIV epidemic in the WHO European region. The country also has a high prevalence of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis. The region of the armed conflict in the Eastern part of Ukraine (UA) lacks provision of health services. 240.000 people live with HIV (PLHIV) in UA, with an HIV prevalence of 0,9% (ages 15-49)[1]. The number of people who know their HIV status…
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Call for applications for UNAIDS Executive Director Position is Now Open!

The call for the vacancy of UNAIDS Executive Director is now open. Learn more about the details and the competencies required for the position, as well as the process for submitting applications please read the in English and in French.  Deadline for the applications is May 17. Please share this information among your parterns and networks and encourage potential candidates to consider applying…

“One case of harassment, one case of misconduct of power is too many. We are striving to get to zero”

“One case of harassment, one case of misconduct of power is too many. We are striving to get to zero” This was the statement of Gunila Carlsson, deputy executive director during the Special Session of UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB)[1]. AIDS Action Europe participated in this meeting because we think that only a strong organization that is willing to counteract any kind of sexual…

#TheUNAIDSWeNeed: Nothing about us without us!

AIDS Action Europe participated at the Special Session of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), the governing body of UNAIDS, which usually meets twice a year to overlook the work of the UN Joint Programme on AIDS.The special session of the UNAIDS PCB was called together to follow up on the situation of sexual harassment and abuse of power within the UNAIDS Secretariat. Two agenda points…

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