AIDS Action Europe at EU meeting on HIV/AIDS in Athens
On 12 and 13 June, the European Commission organised a meeting in Athens that was specifically dedicated to the EU contribution to reinforced prevention and improved care in times of HIV epidemic resurgence.
On the first day of the meeting, the issue of HIV was presented from various perspectives: the policy framework, the patient perspective and the joint European efforts to face the epidemic. There was in particular space for press representatives to be informed and engage in debate with policy makers and practitioners. On the second day, European initiatives in the fields of prevention and care were presented and discussed in greater detail. The Europe-wide Joint Action on Quality Assurance and Improvement was one of the projects that received a lot of attention.
AIDS Action Europe was involved in the meeting in several ways. Steering Committee member Lella Cosmaro provided a key-note speech on Civil Society contribution to the response to HIV/AIDS in Europe, and she chaired a session on the Effectiveness of HIV prevention initiatives for key populations. Georg Bröring, interim AAE coordinator presented the rationale and achievements of AIDS Action Europe in a panel discussion.
During the meeting, different workshops were organised. AAE was represented in the workshop on Quality Action. Here, the first practical tools were presented, and the Greek participants reported from their experiences in the Quality Action training events and the application of concrete tools to improve prevention interventions.
Altogether, the meeting provided a good opportunity to get an overview over a broad variety of European initiatives – both in the fields of policy and interventions – and to link up and exchange with colleagues from all over Europe. You can find more information, such as the agenda and announcements, at the website of the European commission.