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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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Call for abstracts – AAE Member Meeting 2018 Scholarships

AIDS Action Europe releases a call for abstracts for the AAE Member and Partner Meeting, taking place on Saturday, 20 October 2018 in Berlin. This is the 3rd AAE Member and Partner Meeting which gives valuable opportunity for AAE to receive input from our members and partners as well as for exchange between eastern and western NGOs. The AAE Steering Committee initiated this meeting for the first…
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We cannot go on as if it was business as usual

The situation in the Eastern European and Central Asian Countries remains dramatic. There is no curbing of the epidemic in sight. Extraordinary action in funding and policy change is necessary if the international goals have only a remote chance to be reached. The official quintessence of the 6th Eastern Europe and Central Asia AIDS Conference taking place on April 18-20, 2018 in Moscow would…

The second European ChemSex Forum

The second European ChemSex Forum was held in Berlin on 22-24 March 2018, organized by International HIV Partnerships and Professional Briefing and attended by 243 participants from 32 countries. The Forum started with a training day for 65 frontline staff from WHO European region and was followed by 2 days of presentations, discussions, panels, debates, small group workshops and poster displays…
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HIV Justice Worldwide released new advocacy tool

"Making Media Work for HIV Justice: An introduction to media engagement for advocates opposing HIV criminalisation" is the latest addition to the HIV JUSTICE Toolkit, which provides resources from all over the world to assist advocates in approaching a range of advocacy targets, including lawmakers, prosecutors and judges, police, and the media. The toolkit aims to support advocates to oppose HIV…
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The challenge of sustainable funding

Following a workshop in Budapest on how to secure sustainable funding for harm reduction in Central and Eastern Europe, Jeffrey Lazarus has been speaking with participants about what is working in their countries. The resulting interviews were conducted as part of the European Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT). For this interview, he spoke to Jurgita…
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AIDS 2018 March in Amsterdam

Dear Friends and Colleagues, AAE has received this call for participation at the AIDS 2018 march in Amsterdam. We would like to share it with you. Please fill in the form in case you are planning to join it: "Hello everybody, In a couple of months the International AIDS Conference 2018 will be held in Amsterdam. We are excited and are looking forward to work together with activists all over…
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Dublin Declaration Monitoring for all 55 countries in Europe and CA

The Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia, adopted in 2004, was the first in a series of regional declarations which emphasized HIV as an important political priority for the countries of Europe and Central Asia. The declaration states the commitment of all signatories to act collectively in tackling the HIV/AIDS epidemic and sets out a number of actions…
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Unlocking state money for harm reduction

Following a workshop in Budapest on how to secure sustainable funding for harm reduction in Central and Eastern Europe, Jeffrey Lazarus has been speaking with participants about what is working in their countries. The resulting interviews were conducted as part of the European Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT). For this interview, he spoke to Darko…
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Linking and Learning for stronger response to HIV/AIDS

Tanja Dimitrijevic became AAE’s Steering Committee Member last year, in 2017. Here she tells us her story why she works in the HIV/AIDS field and about the struggling situation for NGOs working on HIV/AIDS in Serbia. 1. Hi Tanja, can you please tell about your background of working in the field of HIV/AIDS? How did you start working in the field? When I was working for a local radio station, in…
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Harm Reduction in Prison Settings in Luxembourg

This video was prepared in 2017 in the framework of HA-REACT  project by the Ministry of Health of LUXEMBOURG in order to present the best harm reduction practices implemented in Schrassig penitentiary unit. It was translated into Polish and soon will be used for training purposes for the prison staff. The video introduces a procedure of safe exchange/distribution of syringes. In English: In…
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Keeping PrEP in Europe high on the agenda

On February 9-10, 2018, the first high-level meeting on PrEP in Europe took place in Amsterdam. The summit aimed to understand what barriers remain to implementing PrEP in Europe, to discuss how key stakeholders – healthcare professionals, healthcare providers, and community advocates – can collaborate in speeding up implementation of PrEP in Europe and to share good examples of how countries in…
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Art and Activism are aspects, which make me happier, useful and more balanced

Our new SC member, Christos Krasidis, talked with us about his motivation to work with AAE and about goals and agenda he is working on in Cyprus. 1. ​Hi Christos, you are a passionate activist for many years, please tell us how you started to advocate for the interest of people living with HIV and other key populations? It all started when I was studying Music in Athens, back in my early 20’s…
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10 years after the Swiss Statement. It is time people understand.

The Swiss Statement, which stated that people living with HIV on effective treatment cannot sexually transmit HIV, was published 10 years ago on January 30th, 2008. Since then several other studies have shown that treatment, besides its therapeutic benefits, also prevents the sexual transmission of HIV. The Undetectable = Untransmittable campaign building on this scientific evidence is…
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Capacity building for effective Harm Reduction Services: Part II

Work Package 5. Training workshops on harm reduction interventions in Riga, Latvia The Work Package 5 of the European project “Joint Action on HIV and Co-Infection Prevention and Harm Reduction” (HA-REACT) has conducted the second training on harm reduction interventions from the 22nd to 26th of January, 2018, in Riga, Latvia,. This one week training was organised in collaboration with the…
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Resolution of Kyrgyz NGOs: Nothing for us without us!

The resolution on social work in the sphere of drug use and prevention of infectious diseases in Kyrgyzstan was passed at the international conference "The role of community and social work in the sphere of drug use and prevention of infectious diseases". The International Conference of high level was organised by CADAP-6 on behalf of the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences in cooperation…

AAE launched its advocacy tool on CBVCT

AIDS Action Europe launched its report and advocacy tool “CBVCT Services - Current obstacles and opportunities”. AAE would like thank to LILA Milano, and especially Lella Cosmaro, for combining and writing this tool. The report can be downloaded here. This report represents a contribution to AIDS Action Europe’s (AAE) advocacy work aimed at the sustainability of Community Based Voluntary…
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Harm Reduction Services in Mobile Outreach Units

Mobile outreach units play a crucial role in linkage to care. People who inject drugs (PWID) are a vulnerable group and they have reduced access to health care due to multiple barriers. One of the barriers is that health care providers often only focus on single services, rather than on the patient’s overall well-being. By taking a more comprehensive approach and offering help on point of care…

National Conference in Serbia

Tanja Dimitrijevic, member of the AIDS Action Europe Steering Committee, participated in the  National Conference about innovative community  based services for PLHIV organised by USOP that was held in Belgrade on 1st December 2017. It was part of marking World AIDS Day and the closing of a two-year project called “Towards Standardisation of Community based Social Services Provision for PLHIV in…
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Setting the standards for sexual health support for MSM - Community Health Work in Slovenia

This interview was produced in the framework of the first ever Europe-wide online survey aimed at community health workers who provide sexual health support including counselling, testing, and psychosocial care for gay, bisexual and other MSM. European Community Health Workers Online Survey (ECHOES) is available online NOW in 16 languages and will remain open until 31st December 2017. To take…
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People living with HIV can live longer, but urgently need improved care to achieve better health outcomes and quality of life

Brussels, 29 November 2017: Experts unveiled a set of recommendations on Wednesday to address health problems facing people living with HIV. Treatments are helping people with HIV live long lives, but they face higher risk than others of serious illnesses – from cancer to heart disease to depression. As people living with HIV require access to a range of health services beyond just their HIV…
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Setting the standards for sexual health support for MSM - Community Health Work in Finland

This interview was produced in the framework of the first ever Europe-wide online survey aimed at community health workers who provide sexual health support including counselling, testing, and psychosocial care for gay, bisexual and other MSM. European Community Health Workers Online Survey (ECHOES) is available online NOW in 16 languages and will remain open until 31st December 2017. To take…
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Bridging the Gaps on Testing and Linkage to Care

The final training on "WP4. Testing and Linkage to Care", took place in Riga on 14 and 15 November 2017.  Sixteen participants attended the training, where nine participants were from the state HIV Prevention Points (HPP) – nurses, social workers and peers; five participants from the Latvian Red Cross; one person from Latvian Ministry of Health and one person from the NGO “Papardes zieds”.  The…
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Training on OST and Harm Reduction in Prisons

The 2-day workshop was held on November 14 and 15, 2017, including an informal networking dinner on November 13, 2017. The overall objective of the training was to improve the knowledge of the health and social sector personnel working in prisons to help them implement effective OST programmes in their countries. The trainings included a wider harm reduction agenda and a continuity of care for…
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“Stronger together” - AAE Member and Partner Meeting 2017

Access to treatment and care for migrants in irregular situations, mobile populations and internally displaced people On November 12, the second meeting of the AAE member and partner organisations took place in Berlin. The first meeting in 2016 was dedicated to identifying the needs of the AAE member and partner organisations. This time our members and partners were invited to discuss the…
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Learning from each other: budget advocacy for harm reduction

New interview series, part of the European Joint Action HA-REACT’s work on sustainable funding of harm reduction services, will appear on the HMAP section of the “On Health” blog in the course of the coming months. They’ll focus on what has proven most effective in central and eastern European countries – and what new opportunities lie ahead, like the provision of hepatitis C treatment as…
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Continuity of Harm Reduction for PWID remains Challenge

During the second year several trainings have taken place in focus countries (Latvia, Lithuania Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland) and training materials have either been published or are in preparation. A remarkable step was taken in Latvia as the mobile unit for testing and needle exchange started to operate. Czech Republic launched a pilot for distributing condoms in a prison in Prague. A set…
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Illustration Contest Winners of Sluzewiec Penitentiary Unit, PL

An illustration contest was organised to enrich training materials on substitution treatment in penitentiary units in Poland by the National AIDS Center and Służewiec Penitentiary Unit, in collaboration with the Joint Action HA-REACT project . The contest was held in the Sluzewiec Penitentiary Unit, Poland and was closed on the 19th of October 2017. The winners of the competition were chosen by…
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Capacity building for effective Harm Reduction Services

Work Package 5: Training workshops on harm reduction interventions in Vilnius, Lithuania Local professionals from different low threshold services and institutions involved in harm reduction service provision were invited to attend 3 different workshops: (1) “Opioid Agonist Treatment”, (2) “Overdose Prevention”, and (3) “Other Harm Reduction interventions”. The workshops were coordinated by…
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"HIV in Eastern Europe - the unnoticed epidemic?!" Conference held in Berlin

Michael Krone (AAE) moderated the conference "HIV in Eastern Europe - the unnoticed epidemic?!" which took place in Berlin on October 17, 2017, organized by Aktionsbündnis gegen AIDS (Action Alliance against AIDS), Bread for the World (Brot für die Welt) and Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe. Representatives of the German and Belarus Ministries of Health and International Affairs, civil society organisations…
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European Community Health Worker Online Survey

The first ever Europe-wide online survey has been launched with the aim of improving health care services for men who have sex with men (MSM). The ECHOES survey is the first of its kind to target community health workers who provide sexual health support including counselling, testing, and psychosocial care for MSM. The findings of the ground-breaking ECHOES survey will be used to help understand…

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