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Online consultations on fundraising and resource mobilisation as part of the ROST project

From 1 to 15 December, AIDS Foundation East-West, host organisation of AIDS Action Europe, organises individual online consultations on fundraising and resource mobilisations as part of the ROST project. Consultations are provided to members of AIDS Action Europe. Application deadline – 30 November 2011. Individual consultations will be held on Skype in Russian, based on application requests.…

Deadline extended: Webinar course on Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation

AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) and AIDS Action Europe announce DEADLINE EXTENSION for a course of webinars on ‘Fundraising and Resource Mobilisation’ to be held as part of the ROST project for NGOs working in the field of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. The course consists of six thematic webinars (for detail please see full text of announcement in Russian), and registration is open…
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CfA on Affordability and Pricing of Medications

AIDS Action Europe is happy to launch the call for trainee applications for its regional training for Southern European EU countries on affordability and pricing of medications. AIDS Action Europe brings together civil society to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia. AIDS Action Europe is a pan-European network of HIV organisations with over 400…
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Deadline Extended! We are looking for a new Steering Committee member from the non-EU Southeast Europe region

Deadline extended! AIDS Action Europe is looking for a new Steering Committee Member from the non-EU Southeast Europe region for the term of September 18, 2017 to December 31, 2019.  To find out more about position and criteria please read the call for application.       If you are interested and meet the criteria, please apply! Your application should consist of a letter explaining your…
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APPLY NOW! For the First European HIV Academy For Enabling Legal Environments, September 13-14, Berlin

A call for applications for the European HIV Academy for Enabling Legal Environments is now open. This two-day training academy for people living with and affected by HIV, is dedicated to skills building for addressing punitive or disabling legal environments. Around 25 participants from across Europe will be selected to take part in this training academy, which will focus on three intersectional…

In Memoriam of Martine de Schutter.

We mourn over the loss of our dear colleague Martine de Schutter. Martine was on board of the MH 17 which crashed on Thursday 17 July 2014. She was on her way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. This time, not as Executive Coordinator of Aids Action Europe, as she had recently changed positions within STI Netherlands – Aids Fonds – STOP AIDS NOW!. From 2004 until 2014, Martine was…

In Memoriam of Martine de Schutter.

We mourn over the loss of our dear colleague Martine de Schutter. Martine was on board of the MH 17 which crashed on Thursday 17 July 2014. She was on her way to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. This time, not as Executive Coordinator of Aids Action Europe, as she had recently changed positions within STI Netherlands – Aids Fonds – STOP AIDS NOW!. From 2004 until 2014, Martine was…

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.…

Calls for Proposals under the 3rd EU Health Programme – Electronic Submission online now

The European Commission launched a call for applications ‘Health — 2014’ within the framework of the third Programme of the Union’s action in the field of health (2014-2020).  This call for applications consists of the following parts: a call for proposals for the award of a financial contribution to specific actions in the form of project grants, a call for proposals for the award of a…

Call for activity proposals at European Networking Zone during IAS 2014 Melbourne

At the Global Village, during the AIDS 2014 Conference there will be again a European Networking Zone (ENZ) organised by a group formed by Eurasian Women’s Network on AIDS (EWNA); East Europe & Central Asia Union of PLWH (ECUO); and the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG).   The ENZ will provide a space for activists and experts across Europe to share their knowledge and lessons learned in…

Progress fighting the AIDS epidemic in Ukraine under pressure

According to the results of the All-Ukrainian network of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH), Ukraine for the first time has achieved considerable progress in counteracting HIV/AIDS epidemic. New AIDS cases decreased in 2013 by 7%, from 10,073 in 2012 to 9,362 in 2013. Even more striking are the changes in the field of AIDS-related mortality - a decline by 10% (from 3870 in 2012 to 3514 in 2013).…

Latest updates on AIDS 2014

In less than three months the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) to be held in Melbourne, Australia, from July 20-25, will bring together representatives of science, civil society, community, politics, and private sector to discuss the most pressing issues and science linked to HIV. If you are planning to attend AIDS 2014 please register soon to ensure you allow enough time for the …

Russian annexation of Crimea threatens drug users

The Russian occupation in the Crimea has far reaching consequences for over 800 people who inject drugs and benefit from Needle exchanges and Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) therapy. Participating in OST programs allowed long-term addicts to avoid illegal drugs, sustain a more normal life, and get medical treatment for related medical conditions like HIV and hepatitis. As a result of the…

European HIV Legal Forum meets in Amsterdam

One of the projects of AIDS Action Europe is the European HIV Legal Forum (EHLF). The project was born a couple of years ago at a seminar on HIV and the Law, which was organised by AIDS Action Europe in cooperation with the National AIDS Trust in the UK. Legal obstacles to access appropriate HIV services – from prevention to testing, treatment and care – were highlighted and the participants…

Women, ethnic minorities, drug-help services: What makes a difference?

In most EU states drug-help services (like prevention and harm-reduction) for women using drugs are still inadequate. The needs of for example pregnant women, mothers, and sex workers are not met. The WEDworks project, implemented in five Central and Eastern European countries identifies gaps and resources in the service provision for drug using women. Through a series of semi-structured…

Fruitful Steering Committee Meeting in Amsterdam

On Monday 31st of March and Tuesday 1st of April 2014, the Steering Committee of AIDS Action Europe came together in Amsterdam. The new chair, Anke van Dam, looks back at a fruitful meeting: “It was an inspiring meeting, where we made important decisions  to secure the future of AIDS Action Europe.” First of all, the Annual Report of 2013 was approved by the Steering Committee members. As co-…

Worries around continuation of ART and OST in Crimea

Now that Crimea is annexed by Russia, Ukrainian and international organisations worry about the continuation of both treatment for PLHIV and people on Opiate Substitution Therapy and are calling the world's attention to this. The All-Ukrainian Network of PLHIV issued a statement last week:  In the current circumstances there are significant risks of treatment interruption due to the actual stock…

Stressing the difference between equality and equity – the Health in Europe Making it Fairer Conference

On March 18, 2014, the Health in Europe Making it Fairer Conference took place in Brussels. Main conclusions of this conference were:  All the many participants agreed there are persisting inequalities, stigma and discrimination in health throughout Europe, affecting all vulnerable: the Roma, the elderly, men having sex with men, people who inject drugs, women, migrants, transgenders, disabled…

Fight against HIV/AIDS: launch of enhanced Action plan in EU and neighbouring countries for 2014-2016

The European Commission put forward an Action Plan on HIV/AIDS which prolongs and extends existing EU action in this area, building on the achievements of the Action Plan 2009-2013. The new Action Plan places a greater focus on keeping HIV/AIDS high on the political agenda, tackling HIV-related stigma and discrimination and achieving better access to voluntary testing. Actions on HIV prevention…

560 NGOs and 75 researchers demand Members of European Parliament to reject Ms Honeyball report

560 civil society organisations and 75 researchers tell the European Parliament to reject a report on prostitution by Mary Honeyball, MEP for London, which promotes the criminalisation of clients of sex workers, in an upcoming plenary session on February 25th. An incredible number of 560 NGOs and civil society organisations as well as 75 academics and researchers have signed letters to the…

HIV prevention among MSM in Russia, interview with Andrey Beloglazov

Russia passed in 2013 a law, banning ‘gay propaganda’. Due to the timing of the law coming within a year of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi there has been ongoing  protests and discussions worldwide about Russian homophobic policy. AIDS Action Europe wants to know what happens on the ground. How are our members who stand up for gays and MSM in Russia being affected? We interviewed Andrey…

AIDS Action Europe at Quality Action meeting in Berlin

What is Quality Action? Quality Action is the EU co-funded Joint Action on “Improving Quality in HIV Prevention” (QHP), an ambitious and comprehensive 3-year project, initiated by the European Commission. It aims at improving in a structural way prevention efforts at various levels – from policy to the development of tools and interventions. Partners from all over Europe, from the governmental…

Addressing the Spread of HIV in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

HIV AND AIDS RISING Rates of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) in Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) are growing alarmingly faster than anywhere else in the world (Bahromov & Weine, 2011). In fact, EECA is the only region where HIV prevalence clearly remains on the rise. The number of people living with HIV has almost tripled since 2000 and…

Report examines how HIV and TB drug procurement loopholes feed epidemics in the Ukraine

Spread of HIV/AIDS and TB in Ukraine is the second highest in Europe after Russia. Because of corruption in public procurement of drugs thousands of Ukrainians don’t receive proper treatment, according to the Anti-Corruption Action Centre (AntAC) report “Who makes money on HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in Ukraine ” which was presented last week.  The All- Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/…

Across Europe young MSM are at higher risk of HIV infection

The highest proportion of new HIV infections across Europe occur in young men who have sex with men (MSM), according to results of a 15-country analysis. In 2012, newly reported human immunodeficiency virus diagnoses in the European Union /European Economic Area remained stable at around 30,000 cases. Since 2003, cases in men who have sex with men (MSM) aged 20 to 29 years-old doubled, while the…

BCN Checkpoint mobilized the MSM community in Barcelona during the European HIV Testing Week

Volunteers encourage dialogue 22 to 29 November more than 400 organisations and institutions across Europe hosted activities to help people to become aware of their HIV status. One of these organizations was BCN Checkpoint in Barcelona, who mobilized more than 70 volunteers to encourage people to openly talk about the benefits of HIV testing. ActivitiesBCN Checkpoint is a community-based center…

Executive Coordinator AAE is saying goodbye

Dear AIDS Action Europe members and other colleagues, Over the years I’ve updated you about many of our advocacy actions through this network news. Now I use this channel for a goodbye message. By the end of this year I will leave AIDS Action Europe as its Executive Coordinator to start as Programme Manager of ‘Bridging the Gaps'. Exactly 10 years ago I joined a group of enthusiastic NGOs (…

HIV infections up by 8% across Europe

More testing and better treatment coverage recommendedAccording to new data published today by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, more than 131 000 new HIV infections were reported in the WHO European Region in 2012, 10 000 (8%) more than in 2011. This confirms a steady increase across Europe over the last year: a 9% rise in…

European HIV Testing Week Started in Tajikistan

AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) in collaboration with the Republican AIDS Centre and the local public organisations working in the field of HIV has launched the European HIV testing Week in Tajikistan. “Every year AFEW conducts various advocacy events dedicated to the World AIDS Day. As a rule they used to be educational and informational activities and competitions. But this year we decided to…

EATG Seeks to Ensure that Europe-wide Standards of Up-to-date Scientific Evidence Limit Overly Broad HIV Criminalisation

EATG’s new position paper on prosecutions for HIV non-disclosure, exposure and/or transmission published last week recommends that the criminal law should only be used in extremely rare and unusual cases where HIV is maliciously and intentionally transmitted and that Europe-wide standards of up-to-date scientific evidence limit overly broad use of the crimnal law. Prosecutions for HIV non-…

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