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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue of our newsletter we would like to share with you an update on our latest activities and news.

In October during the HIV Glasgow 2016 conference AAE organized a Symposium on partnership between Communities and Academia in regard to CBVCT.

In addition, the full meeting report and all presentations of the 23rd HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum meeting is also available online.

Furthermore we would like to dedicate a big part of the current newsletter issue to EU Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT). HA-REACT addresses existing gaps in the prevention of HIV and other co-infections especially tuberculosis and hepatitis in priority areas of the EU. 

With kind regards,

AAE Office
Communities and Academia: CBVCT as a way to good partnership

On 26 October, during the HIV Glasgow conference 2016 AIDS Action Europe organised a Symposium on „Communities, Clinics and Academia: Cooperation in Community Based Voluntary Counselling and Testing: good practices and obstacles“. The Symposium included 3 panel presentations by Michael Meulbroek from Barcelona Checkpoint, Hovhannes Madoyan from ECUO and Laura Fernàndez from CEEISCAT and discussion facilitated by Lella Cosmaro from the AAE Steering Committee. Read more
23rd HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum
The full meeting report and all presentations of the 23rd meeting HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum, which took place on April 18 & 19, 2016, is avialable online.

The meeting addressed strategic directions of HIV policies with regard to the integrated approach of HIV, TB and viral hepatitis as well as the funding gap in countries where the Global Fund is withdrawing its funding. But also stigma and discrimination, access to HIV services and treatment for undocumented migrants and the situation in neighbouring countries were on the agenda. Read more
HA-REACT Partnership Forum
The 2nd Partnership Forum for the Joint Action HA-REACT was held on 2-3 November 2016 in Riga, Latvia. 52 associated and collaborating partners attended from over 17 countries for two and a half days of presentations. The coordinating team opened the meeting Wednesday morning with an overview of the project status and the reporting situation. Subsequently, steering committee members presented to the participants on everything from financial and business items to progress and plans of each individual work package. Read more
WP5 A Latvian delegation visited Spain to learn about improving prevention of HIV in populations of people who inject drugs

In October Latvian professionals from a variety of fields related to social health visited different organizations and resources related to harm reduction (activities intended to prevent the harmful effects of drug use) in Madrid and Barcelona. They visited and shared experiences with different organizations and teams from shelters, day and night care centers, drug dependency rehabilitation centers, supervised drug consumption centers, and mobile methadone dispensation units, among others. Read more
WP6 Study tour for prison staff from Czech Republic

Within work package 6  (Harm reduction and continuity of care in prisons) on October 6-7, 2016, a delegation from Czech Republic (including the Directorate General and staff from a Czech pilot prison) visited two prisons in Berlin/Germany which serve as models for good practice of harm reduction, as well as two NGO services focused on harm reduction and resocialisation. Read more

HA-REACT blog series

The European Joint Action HA-REACT's work is currently being featured in an ongoing series on the BioMed Central “On Health” blog and the Hepatology, Medicine and Policy (HMAP) blog. The first batch of posts sets out the vision of the Joint Action, our work in prisons, and a Polish perspective on collaboration. Here is the link to the series.
Also new interviews
on sustainable & long-term funding for HIV, TB and HCV and  work on harm reduction are avialabe online. 
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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 countries scale up in line with the new WHO Global Health Sector Strategy on Hepatitis. Read more

Prevention Gap Report

This report by UNAIDS reveals concerning trends in new HIV infections among adults. The Prevention gap report shows that while significant progress is being made in stopping new HIV infections among children (new HIV infections have declined by more than 70% among children since 2001 and are continuing to decline), the decline in new HIV infections among adults has stalled. The report shows that HIV prevention urgently needs to be scaled up among this age group. 



From Shadows to Light: Advocacy for Children of HIV-Affected Key Populations 

This report  addresses children of HIV-affected key populations—sex workers, transgender people, people who use drugs and gay men and other men who have sex with men - their issues and how they might be different from their peers. Emerging information and anecdotal reports indicate that these children require special attention because they may be negatively affected as result of either direct or associative relationship with their parents who are themselves members of key populations. This report identifies main issues and associated advocacy demands. 

The AIDS Action Europe Clearinghouse is an online platform where NGOs, policy makers, networks and other stakeholders in Europe and Central Asia can share key documents and good practice materials. 
Check out more materials at