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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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AIDS 2010 Delegates and Speakers Unite in Support of Full Funding For the Global Fund, the Next Milestone in Drive for Universal Access

Scientists, practitioners and advocates from around the world today made a united call for global leaders to commit at least $US20 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria at its upcoming replenishment meeting in October. Because the level of replenishment committed at the meeting will determine the Global Fund’s grant levels for 2011-2013, the meeting is widely viewed…

Using the law to secure our rights: AIDS Action Europe workshop in Vienna

Six member organisations of AIDS Action Europe presented at this workshop a selection of legal cases which have been won for people living with HIV using national, European and international human rights and discrimination law.  The cases all had in common the fact that the HIV status of the individual resulted in exclusion or other negative consequences. Cases presented: exclusion from…

First newsletter of the BORDERNETwork project

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, the partnership elaborates on outcomes of the EU project BORDERNET and produces new practice-relevant models…

A European response to remove restrictions in Europe

'HIV-specific restrictions on entry and residence in Europe: a source of discrimination and a challenge to political leadership' is the title of this poster that was presented at the occasion of AIDS 2010 in Vienna. It contains a new world map related to restrictions in general and to entry and residence regulations in EU 53 in particular. It also refers to the activities of the HIV/AIDS Civil…

Restricted Call for Proposals: Capacity building for non-state actors in relation to HIV-AIDS prevention, treatment and care for the European Neighbourhood and Partnership countries

There is a need to support actions in the East neighbouring countries covered under the ENPI (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine and the Russian Federation), due to alarming speed of the epidemic and the slow progress made in some of these countries in achieving MDG6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.  This is a restricted call for proposals. In the first instance…

M*A*C AIDS Fund - Request for Proposals

ACTION AGAINST AIDS IN EUROPE: To complement and build on its current grant-making in Europe, the M·A·C AIDS Fund invites funding proposals from European-based organizations to develop and/or scale up innovative HIV projects that: focus on promotion of sexual health services, promotion of HIV testing and access to treatment, and/or rights-based initiatives to ensure that all people have…

Stakeholder Consultation on UNGASS Enabling Environment Indicators - have your say!

UNAIDS has recently embarked on a process to review the UNGASS indicators, which includes revisions to indicators related to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and enabling environment. The overall objective of the UNGASS indicators review is to identify strengths and weakness in the reporting system and indicators themselves, culminating in recommendations to the Indicator Technical…

Call for tender "Novel Approaches to Testing for STIs, HIV and Hepatitis B and C in the European Union"

ECDC is pleased to inform you that there is a call for tender published for: “Novel Approaches to Testing for STIs, HIV and Hepatitis B and C in the European Union” Publication Reference OJ/2010/07/27-PROC/2010/039. In recent years remarkable changes in the field of testing could be observed. Testing procedures have been technically simplified and for many instances simple test kits are available…

Survey for people living with HIV on the future role and priorities for GNP+

The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) is a global network by and for people living with HIV (PLHIV). It advocates on improving the quality of life of PLHIV and has programmes in four areas: empowerment; human rights; positive health, dignity and prevention; and sexual and reproductive health and rights.  To continue to represent the voices of PLHIV around the world, we would like to…

Call for abstracts: Conference on Reducing Health Inequalities from a regional perspective

The Flemish Agency for Care and Health is organising under the framework of the Belgian Presidency the Regions for Health Network Conference that will be held on the 8th-9th November in Genk (Belgium). The conference wants to examine how regional policy can efficiently eliminate disparities in health by addressing the social determinants of health. Central to this are the following questions:…

Developing Regional Potential and Mobilising NGOs in HIV Advocacy Work

From 5–7 July, AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) conducted a training programme for a brand new project: ROST: Responding to HIV through Organisational Support and Technical Cooperation in Eastern Europe and Central Asia. This project was initiated by AIDS Action Europe and AFEW is responsible for implementing project activities across Eastern Europe and Central Asia. During the 3-day training,…

AIDS 2010: The Vienna Declaration

At the end of the conference, more than 12,725 individuals had signed the Vienna Declaration, the official declaration of the XVIII International AIDS Conference. The declaration was drafted by a team of international experts and initiated by several of the world’s leading HIV and drug policy scientific bodies: the International AIDS Society, the International Centre for Science in Drug Policy (…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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