www.aidsactioneurope.org hivaidsclearinghouse.eu No 9, November 2013 Russia flag
In this edition:
 News from AIDS Action Europe
 Celebrating 10th anniversary of the Dublin Declaration
European FlagsTwo weeks ago the HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum sent out a call to gather signatures to convince the Italian EU presidency to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Dublin Declaration. We already received 111 signatures and we are still counting!
The Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia was adopted in 2004 and crucial in fighting HIV/AIDS.
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Civil Society Forum priorities for updated EU Action Plan on HIV/AIDS 
At the conference 'Right to Health, Right to Life' on HIV/AIDS last May,  EU Commissioner Borg announced the decision to update the EU HIV/AIDS Action Plan as an interim solution to allow continuity between the end of the current Commission Communication and Action Plan (2009-13) and the establishment of a new policy framework on combating HIV/AIDS. In a separate meeting with Commissioner Borg we discussed how civil society could be actively engaged in the consultation process towards a new action plan and Communication...>> 
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European HIV testing week 
Already 365 organisations all across Europe signed-up for the European HIV testing week!
In the week of 22-29 November a large variety of HIV testing related activities will take place in Europe to increase awareness around the importance of HIV testing. In Croatia, organisations are for example arranging theme parties, speed dating, outreach testing and clinical seminars... >>
 Member in the Spotlight:         Hepatos Rijeka
Established in 2009 Croatian Association HEPATOS RIJEKA is an independent NGO providing assistance to people living with HIV and hepatitis. Up to day, we are the only organisation in the Primorsko-goranska County, to target this group of people, their families, their social environment as well as other groups with risk behaviour.
Our biggest program is “River of Health“. The main objective of this program is HIV and hepatitis B and C prevention through fieldwork among youth and other groups most at risk –in particular people who use drugs. We inform and sensitize youth, risk groups and general public about these diseases and arrange support and help for people in need of care and their families. Also we encourage testing and treatment and make them aware of their rights.
As from 2010 we run a centre for voluntary, free and anonymous testing for HIV and hepatitis B and C with a team of professional medical counsellors and a network of trained volunteers, in collaboration with the Teaching Institute for Public Health of Primorsko-goranska County. We are proud to say that we are one of only two associations in Croatia to offer such services.
Aleksandra Marković
www.hepatos-rijeka.hr & www.facebook.com/udruga.rijeka 
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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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