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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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UNAIDS releases new "AIDS Epidemic Update 2009"

This report summarizes the latest data on the epidemiology of HIV. The epidemiological estimates in this report reflect continued improvement in national HIV surveillance systems and estimation methodology. This report is divided into separate chapters that summarize epidemiological trends in individual regions. Visit the UNAIDS website for more information, including regional fact sheets; an…

HIV and AIDS in the European Union 2008

Source: Eurosurveillance, Volume 14, Issue 47, 26 November 2009 HIV infections remain to be of major public health importance in Europe, with evidence of increasing transmission in several European countries. A total of 25,656 diagnosed cases of HIV infection were reported for 2008 by the countries of the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA); data were not available from Austria,…

Survey for civil society organisations responding to HIV/AIDS in developing countries

Also, if you answer this survey your organisation could win one of four prizes! http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2VDF7H5 - NGOs, CBOs and networks: your opinion counts!  What do you think about key issues, such as current and future funding, collaboration on the ground, availability of technical support, reporting requirements, and the quality and scope of community responses?  - How does your…

AIDS Advocacy Alert

December 2009 Calling for the urgent involvement of community sector organizations in the review and reporting process related to the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment. The review and reporting process for the 2010 period is already underway. Countries need to send their progress reports to UNAIDS by March 31, 2010. It is critical that community groups start their engagement now, if they have not…

Call for nominations for one new civil society member on the conference coordinating committee of the International AIDS Conference in 2012 and 2014

This is a Call for Nominations for a new civil society member organization to join the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) of the International AIDS Conference (IAC) for the next two conferences (AIDS 2012 – to be held in Washington, DC and AIDS 2014 – location to be determined). The deadline for submission of a nomination is 30 March 2010. The Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) is the…

The Positive Action for Children Fund opens Requests for Proposals

ViiV Healthcare has launched a new Fund focused on community responses to mother-to-child transmission of HIV. The Positive Action for Children Fund, which will be worth £50 million over the next ten years, will announce its first grants in June selected from applications to the first two Requests for Proposals (RFPs). RFP1 is focused on the integration of HIV and sexual and reproductive health…

AIDS 2010 Conference Hubs: Bringing AIDS 2010 to your Community!

AIDS Action Europe is the European partner of the international council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO). ICASO is one of the AIDS 2010 international partners and, with its regional secretariats, it is an important stakeholder active in mobilizing and supporting community based organizations around the world. In order to support your activities, we would like to invite you to be part of the…

BORDERNETwork: highly active prevention in Central, Eastern and South Eastern Europe

BORDERNETwork aims to improve prevention, diagnostic and treatment of HIV/AIDS (including co-infections) and STIs through bridging gaps in practice, policies and cross country cooperation and enhancing capacity in interdisciplinary response. Based on multi-sectoral network commitment, BORDERNETwork elaborates on outcomes of the EU project BORDERNET and produces new practice-relevant models…

Petition on the Anti-Discrimination Directive

The German government is opposing the adoption of a new European Union (EU) anti-discrimination directive. This directive should contribute to end exclusion and discrimination that people suffer because of their age, sexual orientation, religion or disability. The adoption of this new anti-discrimination directive requires the agreement of all 27 EU Member States. Germany should cease its…

HIV: Daring to share (Lifeboat press release)

The Lifeboat Project is a unique web-documentary that focusses on the experiences of families living in Europe as they come to terms with HIV/AIDS. In 2006, we began to film mothers, fathers and children to hear more about what it is like living with a positive status. Stigma is still a very real problem for all of them. Some of our families have never spoken openly about HIV. Many participants…

Be part of something huge!

The European Man-For-Man Internet Sex Survey (EMIS) will be the biggest survey of gay men and bisexual men in the world! It is happening in 25 languages across 31 European countries this summer. The survey is completely anonymous. The information you provide will help local and national organisations understand our needs.

Minutes of the AIDS Action Europe steering committee meeting in Kiev

From 14-16 April the AIDS Action Europe steering committee met in Kiev for its biannual meeting. The steering committee discussed a number of issues, including: The AIDS Action Europe strategy 2010-2014, including challenges and opportunities; mission and long term goals; and key strategic directions and partnerships. AIDS Action Europe communications issues, including a presentation of a…

Jump on board the Vienna Express and help raise awareness for HIV/AIDS!

Dear AFEW friends, Through the Vienna Express, AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) is shining the spotlight of the world’s leaders, media and public on the HIV epidemic in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This region, which has faced such unprecedented social and economic upheavals over the past decades, is now struggling to contend with the fastest growing HIV epidemic in the world. The biggest…

The Vienna Declaration: A Global Call to Action for Science-Based Drug Policy

In lead up to XVIII International AIDS Conference, scientists and other leaders call for reform of international drug policy and urge others to sign-on 28 June 2010 [Vienna, Austria] – The International AIDS Society, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy and the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS today launched a global drive for signatories to the Vienna Declaration…

Countdown to the March and Rally for Human Rights! Vienna, July 20, 8pm

"I was honoured to receive an invitation to speak at the March and Rally for Human Rights in Vienna. I hope all of you who will be in Vienna will participate in the March. The conference and the March in particular are a great opportunity to unite everyone involved in the fight against AIDS at a defining moment in the history of the response." --Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director, Global Fund…

66 countries discriminate against people living with HIV - HIV related entry and residence regulations

Thirty one countries deport foreigners living with HIV+, and 66 countries are known to have specific entry regulations targeting PLHIV, including 16 countries in the WHO Europe region. During the World Aids Conference in Vienna several events and activities will take place to address this issue. An updated edition of the booklet on entry and residence restrictions, produced by the German AIDS…

Survey on sexual reproductive rights

QUESTIONNAIRE ABOUT THE SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS OF PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV IN EUROPEAN COUNTRIEShttp://tinyurl.com/37omch7This survey is being conducted by HivEurope and a working group under the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum informal advisory body to the European Commission. The aim of this questionnaire is to gain knowledge about sexual and reproductive rights of people who live with HIV…

China is lifting its ban on people with HIV. European countries still discriminate!

In recent months there has been an increasing momentum across the world to end entry and residency restrictions for people living with HIV. The United States and China have been two of the countries which have acted recently to repeal their restrictions. In so doing they have demonstrated their commitment to end discrimination and to support a genuinely evidencebased and effective response to the…

Round 10 of the Global Fund: deadline 20 August

On 20 May 2010, the Global Fund has launched its Round 10 Call for Proposals. The deadline for submissions is 20 August 2010. This Round is of vital importance to civil society as it includes many aspects of relevance for affected communities and non-governmental organisations. It is crucial that civil society organizations thoroughly read through the Round 10 documentation and actively use it…

Deadline for applications to host a satellite at AIDS 2010 is approaching

This announcement serves to remind you of the approaching deadline for applications to host a satellite at the XVIII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2010) - to be held in Vienna, Austria, 18-23 July 2010. Interested organizations are encouraged to apply by 24h00 (CET) on 31 March 2010, when online applications will close. Satellite meetings will take place in the conference centre but are…

Registration for the MSM Pre-Conference Now Open!

You may now register for the July 17th MSM Pre-Conference to be held before the 2010 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Vienna, Austria! Visit www.msmgf.org/beheard to:  Register for the MSM Pre-Conference in English, French, German, Russian or Spanish Learn more about the MSM Pre-Conference and other activities planned by the MSMGF during the 2010 IAC Find and connect with other…

Call for nominations of civil society speakers for Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly

AIDS Advocacy Alert March 2010 Act now! Be heard! Now Open. Call for nominations of civil society speakers for Informal Interactive Hearings of the United Nations General Assembly to provide input to the MDG Summit Deadline for nominations of speakers is April 16 FIVE things you can do right now Share this AIDS Advocacy Alert as widely as possible Get together to nominate someone as a…

AFEW and AIDS Action Europe Extend Support for Civil Society in EECA

AFEW was chosen as AIDS Action Europe’s host organisation to manage a major new project aimed at strengthening the advocacy and resource mobilisation skills of non-governmental organisations in Eastern Europe & Central Asia (EECA). AFEW, in close cooperation with AIDS Action Europe (AAE), will launch a three-year project ‘ROST - Responding to HIV through Organisational Support and Technical…

Ministry of Foreign Affairs stops effective AIDS programs - Dutch AIDS organizations are amazed and shocked

In a period when questions are being raised about the effect of development aid, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is cutting back in an area where demonstrable results have been achieved: the fight against AIDS. Eleven cooperating AIDS organizations will get no money from the ministry to continue their work. This decision was announced yesterday. It means that in the next five years, the…

Raise your voice to help ensure Universal Access for HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment for all

Join the International AIDS Society’s Universal Access Now e-advocacy campaign now! Please help keep universal access at the top of the global agenda by using the simple letter-writing tool below to contact the word leaders who can help make universal access a reality. You can send your personal demand for Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Care and Treatment to any or all of the leaders of G20…

Become a civil society member of the Conference Coordinating Committee for the International AIDS Conference 2012 and 2014

This is a Call for Nominations for a new civil society member organization to join the Conference Coordinating Committee (CCC) of the International AIDS Conference (IAC) for the next two conferences (AIDS 2012 – to be held in Washington, DC and AIDS 2014 – location to be determined). The deadline for submission of a nomination is 30 April 2010.

Global Action and Advocacy on Removing HIV-specific entry and residence restrictions

A small working group among colleagues from IAS, DAH, GNP+, and EATG (along with UNAIDS colleagues) has formed to maintain emphasis and action on removing HIV-specific entry and residence restrictions worldwide. The “Global Database of HIV-specific Travel and Residence Restrictions” can be accessed through a new URL – www.hivrestrictions.org as well as through www.hivtravel.org. Visitors/users of…

Annie Lennox to Perform Live at Human Rights Rally in Vienna - Thousands to March for Human Rights During International AIDS Conference, July 20

Internationally acclaimed singer songwriter and long-time AIDS activist Annie Lennox will headline an historic rally in downtown Vienna on 20 July 2010. The march and rally will feature a memorable live musical performance by Lennox and provide an opportunity for people to demonstrate their commitment to protecting human rights and stopping the spread of HIV. Read all about the March and Rally…

Satellite session ‘Quality Improvement in HIV Prevention’ – submit your presentation before 1 June

AIDS Action Europe – in partnership with WHO Europe and BZgA German Health Promotion Centre – coordinates a working group on Quality Assurance (QA) and Improvement in HIV Prevention. In the fight against HIV and AIDS prevention continues to play a crucial role. To reinforce the effectiveness of HIV prevention within the European Region, cross-national exchange of know-how and experience in the…

AIDS Action Europe @ International AIDS Conference in Vienna

Less than 2 months from now the International AIDS Conference will take place in Vienna. AIDS Action Europe will be present at the conference through different activities and we would like to invite you – as a member of our network - to participate. You can be involved in different ways: Win the AAE Vienna Good Practice Award! Our clearinghouse – the central database on HIV and AIDS for Europe…

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