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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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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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Continuity and Innovation - Towards a more effective response to HIV 2015-2017

The AAE Steering Committee has defined an overall strategy and clear agenda spanning 2015–2017 "Continuity and Innovation - Towards a more effective response to HIV". Through this, we will strengthen our response to the epidemic, maintain our commitments and provide a framework in which we can prioritise our actions. It is AAE’s duty to keep HIV/AIDS and co-infections as priorities on EU,…
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Thank you Lella & Tamás - Welcome on board, Sini!

AIDS Action Europe would like to welcome and introduce to you our new AAE Steering Committee Member: Sini Pasanen. Sini is from Finland and she will replace Lella Cosmaro as the new co-chair of the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum. Furthermore, AAE would like to thank Lella Cosmaro and Tamás Bereczky for chairing the Civil Society Forum. Thank you Lella and Tamás Lella has been a chair for the last…
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AIDS Action Europe, the gateway to the European Commission and EU policies

This interview with Anke van Dam, the Chair of AIDS Action Europe (AAE) and the executive director of AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW), is about the main objectives of AAE for the next years, the achievements AAE has already gained and the regional challenges and differences in the region it works in. In addition Anke points out why a strong advocacy to UN and international donors is needed. What…

EU Civil Society calls on EC to ensure improving EU-Eastern Partnership Policy Framework on HIV/AIDS, TB and viral Hepatitis

European Civil Society Organisations that work in the field of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and viral Hepatitis called on Mr President of European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, to ensure that the EC immediately starts working on a comprehensive EU-Eastern Partnership Policy Framework, which will pave the way for HIV, Tuberculosis and viral Hepatitis elimination in both the EU and the Eastern…
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AAE at the AIDSImpact 2015 in Amsterdam

The AIDS Impact Conference is an international behavioural and psychosocial science conference that addresses issues related to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care. The Conference took place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, from July 28 to 31, 2015. AIDS Action Europe not only used the opportunity to disseminate information materials at the CHAFEA stand but also was invited to co-host the…
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HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum XXI in Luxembourg

On July 6-7 the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum held its 21st meeting. Besides the fixed agenda points, such as reporting of CSF activities and updates from the European Commission and the agencies, the meeting´s agenda focused on Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and the use of gay dating apps for prevention among MSM; prevention among youth; gender and women issues; the role of self-testing in…
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Open Letter to Members of the UN’s General Assembly Regarding the ECOSOC Committee on NGOs

AIDS Action Europe is among 349 organizations who signed an open letter to all the UN Member States urging them to vote constructively in the upcoming elections to the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Committee on Non-Governmental Organisations for the 2023-2026 term. The open letter is coordinated by the International Service for Human Rights and is a part of a campaign to reform the UN…
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Backlashes in sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) and their impact on HIV-, and STI-testing, prevention, and linkage to care and treatment

This year AIDS Action Europe Member and Partner meeting took place on November 19th. As part of the Meeting, AAE conducted a webinar on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR), focusing on recent developments and backlashes in SRHR in Europe and Central Asia, and their impact on HIV-, and STI-testing, prevention, and linkage to care and treatment. The idea of the topic of our webinar…
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Survey of Stigma among People Living with HIV

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG), AIDS Action Europe (AAE) and the EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and TB Civil Society Forum (CSF) are working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) to understand the experience of stigma for people living with HIV in Europe and Central Asia. One of the global goals on HIV and AIDS is to end the stigma and discrimination related to HIV…
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5th European Harm Reduction Conference

The 5th European Harm Reduction Conference took place on November 10-12, 2021 in Prague, Czech Republic. Back in 2020 our members decided to include Harm Reduction as a new Core thematic area in our new Strategic Plan for 2022-2026 “Working Together to End Inequalities”. For that reason, a part of AAE's team attended the conference in accordance with the operations deriving from the new Strategic…
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EHLF: Discrimination against people living with HIV working in healthcare settings

On October 27, 2021 within the framework of the European HIV Legal Forum, AIDS Action Europe launched a new project. This project will focus on monitoring and benchmarking legislation and practices relevant to discrimination of people living with HIV working in healthcare. This is second project under the core thematic area of “Tackling Stigma and Discrimination”, with another focusing on…
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COBATEST Steering Committee: Elections 2021!

COBATEST has announced first elections for the Steering Committee members which will begin their governance starting January 1st, 2022. All members of the network are highly encouraged to send in their candidacy to become new members of the Steering Committee and of course to vote during the elections (from November 11th to November 25th). The deadline for applications is Friday, October 22…
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The Innovative Health Initiative Must Put Public Health Needs into the Priority Setting

Letter to the Health and Research and Innovation Commissioners AIDS Action Europe together with 12 organizations; including universities, students, healthcare workers, citizens; and public interest organisations has signed and sent a letter to the Health and Research and Innovation Commissioners, urging that the Innovative Health Initiative puts public health needs into the priority setting.…
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Missed targets on the road to ending AIDS - who is to blame?

”COVID-19 might blow off track the AIDS response and reaching the UNAIDS treatment targets and the 2030 target of ending AIDS as a public health threat might be at risk.” – is the new slogan we have been hearing from different stakeholders since the beginning of the SARS-CoV-2/COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. While the concerns are valid, COVID-19 policies and measures have raised additional obstacles…
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Vacancy Announcement: NGO Delegation recruitment (2022 to 2023)

The NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB has vacancies for a full two-year term (2022 - 2023) and is now recruiting for:  1 Delegate for Africa 1 Delegate for Asia and the Pacific    2 Delegates for Europe     2 Delegates for North America Applications from people living with HIV, gay men and men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, transgender people, young people, women…
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Support. Don't punish. Global Day of Action 2021

Support. Don’t Punish is a global grassroots-centred advocacy campaign that raises the awareness on the harms caused by “War on drugs” and the criminalization of people who use drugs. The campaign’s Global Day of Action is June 26, which was recognized by the UN as the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking. The governments have long used this day as the day to commemorate…
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Joint statement from EU4Health Civil Society Alliance organisations on the EU4Health 2021 Work Programme

Read the full statement here Last week, the European Commission published its 2021-2022 annual work programme for the landmark EU4Health programme. The undersigned civil society organisations welcome the ambitious budget of EUR 312 million for crisis preparedness, disease prevention, health systems, the healthcare workforce, and digitalisation setting a record new level of EU investment in…
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UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS: definitely not the way to end AIDS

Joint press release by Action against AIDS, AIDS Action Europe, and Deutsche Aidshilfe   The Political Declaration of the international community falls short of expectations – once again, no agreement on an ambitious strategy with concrete funding commitments is possible. The United Nations (UN) “High-level meetings on AIDS”, titled: “Ending inequalities. Ending AIDS.” is taking place in New…
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2021 High-Level-Meeting on HIV and Aids

END INEQUALITIES.END AIDS. The 2021 High-Level-Meeting on HIV and Aids will take place on June 8-10. The high-level meeting will review the progress made in reducing the impact of HIV since the last HLM conducted in 2016. In the course of the meeting, UN General Assembly is expected to adopt a new political declaration on HIV and AIDS.  On April 29, prior to the main event of the 2021 HLM,…
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Open letter by the European civil society

Political leadership and strong language on TRIPS flexibilities more important than ever An open letter signed by 53 national, European and international civil society organizations was sent to the President of the European Union Ursula von der Leyen and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The letter includes requests regarding the ongoing negotiations at the United Nations General Assembly…
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Meet our new Steering Committee member from Ukraine - Olena Stryzhak

In 2021 three new members joined AIDS Action Europe's Steeting Committee. We are happy to welcome Olena Stryzhak  from our member organisation "Positive Women" in Ukraine and use this opportunity to ask her a few questions.  1. You have been working in the field of HIV for quite some time. Please tell us about your background and how you started to advocate for the interest of people living…
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Civil Society Consultation for the UN High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS

On 9 April, the CSF brought together NGOs representatives across Central and Western Europe working with populations living with or most affected by HIV, TB and viral hepatitis came together to discuss on key priorities in HIV and AIDS response towards the UN General Assembly High-Level on HIV/AIDS. Here is the summary of key concerns and priorities that were highlighted. Report of the meeting…
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HepHIV Conference 2021

The opening of the 2021 HepHIV Conference marks a push toward further integrated strategies for the prevention, early testing and linkage to care for people with HIV, viral hepatitis and other infectious diseases in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 500 people gathered via a virtual conference platform for the seventh HepHIV2021 Conference to highlight European progress, challenges and…
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Meet our new Steering Committee member from Ireland - Martin Davoren

In 2021 three new members joined AIDS Action Europe's Steeting Committee. We are happy to welcome Martin Davoren from our member organisation "Sexual Health Centre" in Cork, Ireland and use this opportunity to ask a few questions.  1. You have been working in the field of HIV for quite some time. Please tell us about your background and how you started to advocate for the interest of people…
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Meet our new Steering Committee member from Armenia - Arman Sahakyan

In 2021 three new members joined AIDS Action Europe's Steeting Committee. We are happy to welcome Arman Sahakyan  from our member organisation "New Generation" in Armenia and use this opportunity to ask a few questions.  1. You have been working in the field of HIV for quite some time. Please tell us about your background and how you started to advocate for the interest of people living with…
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Join our team in Berlin

AIDS Action Europe is looking for a Communication Officer (half-time position, 50 % of weekly working time, fixed term) AIDS Action Europe (AAE) is a regional network of a diverse group of more than 420 NGOs, national networks and community-based groups, most of which are HIV-service organisations, in 47 countries spanning the WHO European Region. Membership is free and open to all civil society…
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HIV 2020 – The Community HIV Conference

2020 has been an extraordinary year in HIV/AIDS. Not only due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has impacted communities of people living with HIV/AIDS and other key populations, and the organizations working with and for them on a scale, the effect of which we are still trying to understand, but it has also been the year that has seen two global HIV/AIDS conferences taking place simultaneously.…
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HIV in Eastern Europe: Only human rights and a strong civil society can curb the epidemic

Experts call for empowerment of affected groups and cooperation between governments and non-governmental organisations, lighthouse projects should get support. The conference, which took place online on Dember 14, 2020, brought together civil society representatives from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) together. They draw out the need for a fundamental change of course in the HIV policies…

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