www.aidsactioneurope.org hivaidsclearinghouse.eu No 1, February 2014 Russia flag
In this edition:
 News from AIDS Action Europe
HIV prevention among MSM in Russia, interview with Andrey Beloglazov
Russia passed in 2013 a law, banning ‘gay propaganda’. Due to the timing of the law coming within a year of the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi there has been ongoing  protests and discussions worldwide about Russian homophobic policy. AIDS Action Europe wants to know what happens on the ground. How are our members who stand up for gays and MSM in Russia being affected? We interviewed Andrey Beloglazov, who launched the ‘LaSky’ project, the most wide-scaled project on HIV prevention among MSM in Russia
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AIDS Action Europe at Quality Action meeting in Berlin
Quality Action is the EU co-funded Joint Action on “Improving Quality in HIV Prevention”, an ambitious and comprehensive 3-year project, initiated by the European Commission. It aims at improving in a structural way prevention efforts at various levels – from policy to the development of tools and interventions
On 6 and 7 February 2014, the members of the policy work package met in Berlin. The meeting was hosted by Deutsche Aids-Hilfe, and on behalf of AAE, interim coordinator Georg Bröring participated....>> 
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Joining forces in the battle against HIV
In a time of constraints, we need to utilize scarce resources efficiently and effectively.  On January 16, 2014, Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW) hosted representatives from AIDS Action Europe and seven other organisations in Amsterdam that support women living with HIV. With this meeting we wanted to share expertise, explore potential partnerships, and learn about the participating organisations... >>
 Project in the Spotlight:         Quality Action
Will my HIV-prevention project succeed? Can I expect that my HIV-prevention activities will be effective? If you find yourself asking these questions, you could find the answers through this exciting new initiative: Quality Action.
Because Quality Action:
  • Prepares 5 tools which help with a check on the quality of your project or activities
  • Trains at least 60 trainers/facilitators across the EU who support the use of these tools by providing technical assistance
  • Supports and evaluates the use of these tools
  • And formulates policy messages on the importance of quality in HIV prevention in Europe.
Improving Quality in HIV Prevention
Quality Action is the EU co-funded Joint Action on “Improving Quality in HIV Prevention”, which brings together 25 associated and 17 collaborating partners from 25 EU Member States. Quality Action aims to increase the effectiveness of HIV prevention in Europe through the use of practical Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) tools.
Applying QA and QI tools simplifies and enhances the planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of projects and programs. It will improve the effectiveness and impact of your work. Three tools (QIP, PQD and SUCCEED) are already developed and another two (including one for harm reduction/prevention projects targeting PWID) will be soon available. You can find more information on the tools and training workshops on the website.
According to Caroline Costongs, Deputy Director at EuroHealthNet, Quality Action is “an important step in improving quality and effectiveness of HIV prevention and an opportunity to link the organisations working in HIV prevention with other stakeholders in public health, education and social services”. Quality Acton builds a network of organisations, trainers and facilitators who can support programmes and projects to improve quality. You can find the names of the organisations from your country participating in Quality Action on the website.
If you are interested in applying a QA/QI tool to one of your HIV prevention programs or projects, contact: carolin.vierneisel@dah.aidshilfe.de.
For general information, contact Matthias.Wentzlaff-Eggebert@bzga.de
Want to link up with other member NGOs? Like us on Facebook and meet them on Member Monday!
Your organisation in the spotlight? Please contact our communications coordinator Rieneke de Man.
AIDS Action Europe currently unites more than 400 NGOs in 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia. We hope that member NGOs presenting themselves will inspire other NGOs throughout the region and that it will encourage further linking and learning between our members. Together we can work towards a better response to the HIV epidemic!

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