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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On 28th of July we celebrated the World Hepatitis Day 2017. This is the day when the world comes together to raise awareness about viral hepatitis. This year’s slogan is “Eliminate Hepatitis”, please read our article on affordability of achieving this goal in the near future.

Please also note that the call for abstracts for scholarship for the AAE Member Meeting is open until August 13. If you are interested in participating but not yet a member, you can join the AIDS Action Europe Network by clicking here.

Furthermore, the NGO Delegation to the Programme Coordinating Board of the UNAIDS very much needs your input to this year's report on people who are currently left behind in HIV responses. The link to the survey is available below in the newsletter both in English and Russian.

In the HA-REACT news section you can read about the “Needle exchange and other harm reduction measures in prison settings” conference and presentation of the HA-REACT during the pan-European infectious disease meeting of the ECDC and EMCDDA as well as in our Clearinghouse updates you will find the new leaflet about the Joint Action.

Additionally in our Clearinghouse updates you can find information regarding the toolkit for MSM Checkpoints from our friends, the Euro HIV EDAT project. Don't forget that you can upload your publication into the Clearinghouse. And if you want to learn more about how to use AAE Clearinghouse, please watch our video.

With kind regards,
AAE Office

Eliminating Hepatitis - Another Non-Affordable Target?

July 28th is World Hepatitis Day. According to the World Health Organization there are an estimated 400 million people infected with viral hepatitis B and C and around 1.45 million die annually from their consequences.
The main focus of this day is to raise awareness and to promote access to prevention, testing and treatment for people affected by hepatitis. The slogan of this year´s WHD encourages countries to move to the final goal in fighting the virus to “Eliminate Hepatitis". But can we really afford it at the present prices?  
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Call for Abstracts
AAE Member and Partner Meeting 2017 Scholarship
AIDS Action Europe releases a call for abstracts for the AAE Member Meeting, which will take place on on Sunday, 12 November in Berlin.
This year the Meeting will focus on two issues that concern NGOs in the field of HIV and co-infections, 1. the World AIDS Conference in Amsterdam in 2018 and 2. Migration. AAE would like to involve its member organisations in the preparation of the IAS conference by discussing expected outcomes, contributions and collaboration. Furthermore, we would like to hear from our member organisations about good practice in the field of migration, labour migration, mobile populations and the refugee situation.
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The Programme Coordinating Board of the Joint Programme of the United Nations (UNAIDS) held its 40th meeting on June27-29th, 2017. Please read the communiqué of the NGO Delegation here.

The NGO Delegation also presents a report to the PCB every year on a topic of concern for communities living with and affected by HIV. This year's report will focus on people who are currently left behind in HIV responses or are likely to be left behind in the future, as countries rush to meet UNAIDS 90-90-90 Fast-Track targets.

The Delegation believes there are important and unexamined health, human rights and equity considerations that are not recognized or understood. By gathering input from people living with and affected by HIV, as well as their community and civil society representatives and other stakeholders, the Delegation hopes to use the report to (1) identify all who are being left behind, and (2) recommend ways for UNAIDS to help ensure they have equal, consistent access to the vital HIV services and support they and their families and communities need.

We therefore request for your participation in this process, here is a link to the online survey in English
Seminar on effective OPS
“World Café”: Introducing European Joint Actions and Projects

During the pan-European infectious disease meeting of the ECDC and EMCDDA, three major European projects had the opportunity to share their work in a “world café” format. In an effort to get participants out of their seats and engaging with the speakers, small groups circulated around meeting room meeting the project groups to hear more about their work. Read more

Seminar on effective OPS
“Needle exchange and other harm reduction measures in prison settings” Conference

60 delegates from 14 countries gathered in Luxembourg to participate in the “Needle exchange and other harm reduction measures in prison settings” conference which was organized by Patrick Hoffmann (Ministry of Health) and was part of WP 6. Read more

Leaflet: Joint Action on HIV and Co-infection Prevention and Harm Reduction (HA-REACT)

This leaflet describes the three-year project, which was launched in late 2015 with core funding from the European Union (EU), and is being implemented by 22 partners representing 18 EU Member States.

The overall aim of HA-REACT is to significantly contribute to the elimination of HIV and to reduce TB and viral hepatitis among PWID  in the European Union by 2020. This objective is aligned with strategic action plans issued by the European Union, the World Health Organization, UNAIDS and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Download

Toolkit for MSM Checkpoints

A Working Group of Checkpoints from all over Europe developed an interactive Toolkit for community-based, voluntary counselling and testing (CBVCT) services targeting men who have sex with men (MSM). This toolkit supports projects that recently started, plan to start or are running a Community Based Voluntary Counseling and Testing (CBVCT) project and/or Checkpoint for gay men and other men that have sex with men (MSM). Checkpoints, by our definition, are CBVCT and health centres that specifically address MSM. 

The Toolkit addresses all topics needed to develop, implement, and self-evaluate quality services in a CBVCT project and/or Checkpoint. It is not written for any specific health system or environment. It can be adapted to small as well as bigger projects. Learn more

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