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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue of our newsletter we would like to share the report from the last Civil Society Forum meeting that took place in December 2017. Additionally, Tanja Dimitrijevic, our Steering Committee Member from Serbia attended their national conference. You can read more about it in our news section.

Furthermore, AIDS Action Europe joint the Steering Committee of HIV Justice Worldwide in December 2017. Recently they released a new advocacy toolkit. You can learn more abour it in our partner section.

Don't miss two new blogs on funding for harm reduction services that are available in the HA-REACT News Section.

Enjoy our newsletter! Please visit our website and the Clearinghouse, where you can find more materials on HIV/AIDS, TB and viral hepatitis. 

With kind regards,
AAE Office
News from the AIDS Action Europe Network 
The EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum, December 2017
The full meeting report and all presentations of the The EU HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis and Tuberculosis Civil Society Forum Meeting in December 2017 are avialable online. 

The Civil Society Forum (CSF) has been established by the European Commission as a working group to facilitate the participation of NGOs in policy development and implementation and in information exchange activities. In 2017 the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum was extended to include hepatitis and tuberculosis NGOs.

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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 Serbia” as a part of European Union Support to Inclusive Society financed by the EU and implemented by the Delegation of the EU in Serbia in cooperation with the Ministry of Labour, Employment, Veteran and Social Affairs
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HIV Justice Worldwide released new advocacy tool

The toolkit aims to support advocates to oppose HIV criminalisation at all levels – from educating communities and lawmakers to defending individual cases. It includes all kinds of resources from all over the world that we hope will be useful depending on your advocacy targets (such as lawmakers; prosecutors and judges; police; and the media).

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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 Poškevičiūtė, administrative director of I Can Live, a coalition of Lithuanian NGOs and experts dealing with drug dependency.

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Unlocking state money for harm reduction

Jeffrey Lazarus spoke to Darko Antik, coordinator for budget monitoring and advocacy at the Association for Emancipation, Solidarity and Equality of Women (ESE). ESE helps NGOs promote human rights and social and economic justice in Macedonia and neighboring countries, particularly NGOs that work in the areas of health and social protection.

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Guide to funding mechanisms for harm-reduction programmes in European Union Member States
This guide outlines funding sources and mechanisms for programmes that provide harm reduction and other health services to people who inject drugs (PWID) in the European Union. It covers funding sources ranging from municipalities to international organisations and private donors. The document provides brief country examples to illustrate the variety of funding arrangements, which are often quite complex.
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Diverse, Resilient, Powerful. Intersectional Activism Toolkit for Sex Workers and Allies

This toolkit published by ICRSE summarises each Intersection Briefing Paper developed over the last three years on sex workers' rights as migrant rightswomen's rightsLGBTQ rightslabour rights and right to health issues. It furthermore includes an infographic on sex work legal frameworks and recommendations to sex workers and allies on how to build intersectional social justice movements, inclusive of all sex workers. 
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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 

The European AIDS Action Network was established in 2004, has continued to develop and has become one of the largest networks working in the field of HIV infection in the region. The network goes far beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia.