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Presentation at Conference HIV in Europe, Unity and Diversity, Tallinn


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Presentation about the work of AIDS Action Europe during the special session on HIV/AIDS projects funded under EU programmes Research and Publich Health. This session is part of the conference 'HIV in Europe - Unity and Diversity' taking place in Tallinn, Estonia from 25-27 May 2008.
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Presentation at Conference HIV in Europe, Unity and Diversity, Tallinn

  1. 1. AIDS Action Europe Martine de Schutter Executive Coordinator Special session HIV/AIDS projects AIDS 2011, Tallinn, May 25, 2011
  2. 2. AIDS Action Europe’s mission <ul><li>To unite civil society to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia </li></ul><ul><li>We strive for better protection of human rights and universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support </li></ul><ul><li>We work towards a reduction of health inequalities in Europe focussing on most at risk populations and on Central and Eastern Europe and Central Asia </li></ul>
  3. 3. The AIDS Action Europe Network <ul><li>Members: NGOs and CBOs: more than 400 organisations in 45 countries (majority in EECA) </li></ul><ul><li>Partners: Global, governmental, networks (16) </li></ul><ul><li>EU funded projects (15) </li></ul><ul><li>Free and open membership, agree on ethical code and mission </li></ul><ul><li>Regional network of ICASO (International Council of AIDS Service Organizations) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Operating grant 2011 <ul><li>Previous operating grants 2009 & 2010, following project European Partners in Action on AIDS (EPAA) </li></ul><ul><li>Grant supports core annual work programme, not specific project activities </li></ul><ul><li>€ 250.000 for 2011 </li></ul>
  5. 5. AIDS Action Europe Office <ul><li>Network created in 2004 </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted by STI AIDS Netherlands at Amsterdam office: Executive Coordinator, Communications Coordinator, Fundraising/M&E Coordinator and Programme Assistant (part-time) </li></ul><ul><li>Lithuanian office closed as of 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Host organisation AIDS Foundation East-West (AFEW) in Russia for project ROST and Russian website and Clearinghouse </li></ul>
  6. 6. Strategic objectives <ul><li>We aim to strengthen civil society’s contribution to a more effective response to the HIV epidemic by: </li></ul><ul><li>Making an effective and meaningful contribution to regional and national policies related to HIV and AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Facilitating continuous exchange among NGOs on good practices and lessons learned related to HIV and AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Developing a stronger, more effective organisation and network </li></ul>
  7. 7. Advocacy & Policy <ul><li>Ensuring that civil society voices are heard by policy makers </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum co-chair </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS Think Tank member </li></ul><ul><li>HIV in Europe initiative co-chair </li></ul><ul><li>Direct advocacy work (EC policies, treatment interruptions, decriminalisation) </li></ul><ul><li>Work with WHO Europe, UNAIDS, ECDC, European Commission </li></ul>
  8. 8. HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum <ul><li>Advisory body to the European Commission </li></ul><ul><li>Co-chaired by AAE and EATG </li></ul><ul><li>HIV/AIDS Commission Communication 2009-2013: 5 year policy framework for European region </li></ul><ul><li>Development of action plan & monitoring and evaluation framework </li></ul><ul><li>40 members (NGOs, European networks) </li></ul>
  9. 9. HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum (more) <ul><li>Last CSF meeting: position statement on EU drugs policy; ILO recommendation on HIV and the world of work; sexual and reproductive rights of PLHIV; role of civil society in M&E of HIV/AIDS Communication </li></ul><ul><li>Agenda examples next CSF meeting: UNGASS follow-up; WHO Europe Action Plan; progress Action Plan EC and Monitoring and Evaluation Framework </li></ul>
  10. 10. IQhiv: new initiative <ul><li>WHO Europe, BZgA, AIDS Action Europe </li></ul><ul><li>Mission: Improve the effectiveness of HIV prevention initiatives in Europe by providing tools and technical assistance to implement quality improvement practices </li></ul>
  11. 11. The IQhiv initiative: objectives <ul><li>Promote the routine inclusion of quality improvement practices into HIV prevention across Europe at the project, program and policy levels </li></ul><ul><li>Disseminate information on quality improvement practices that have been shown to enhance the effectiveness of HIV prevention at the project, program and policy levels </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  12. 12. The HIV in Europe Intiative: Aims <ul><li>Ensure that HIV patients enter care earlier in the course of their infection </li></ul><ul><li>Study the decrease in the proportion of PLHIV presenting late for care </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and tackle political, structural, clinical and social barriers to testing & treatment </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  13. 13. The HIV in Europe Initiative: key policy actions/achievements <ul><li>Consensus definition of late diagnosis of HIV </li></ul><ul><li>Estimating the infected not yet diagnosed population </li></ul><ul><li>Towards European agreement on ‘indicator conditions’ for HIV testing </li></ul><ul><li>Roll-out PLHIV stigma index </li></ul><ul><li>Study on criminalisation of HIV </li></ul>
  14. 14. Linking & Learning <ul><li>The Clearinghouse on HIV and AIDS in Europe and Central Asia: </li></ul><ul><li>Specialised NGO members section on </li></ul><ul><li>Quarterly e-news & bi-monthly clearinghouse updates </li></ul><ul><li>Capacity development projects </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook & Twitter </li></ul>
  15. 15. Materials in the clearinghouse <ul><li>Books </li></ul><ul><li>Toolkits </li></ul><ul><li>Policy papers </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Websites </li></ul>
  16. 16. Clearinghouse Facts & Figures (2010) <ul><li>838 user accounts </li></ul><ul><li>1254 uploaded good practices / key documents </li></ul><ul><li>52070 downloads </li></ul>
  17. 17. Social Media Strategy: online mission & ambition <ul><li>We want to use online media tools to unite civil society </li></ul><ul><li>to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia. </li></ul><ul><li>We offer valuable and practical information through </li></ul><ul><li>a manageable multimedia system that consists of our own websites and our presence on relevant social networks and communities. </li></ul><ul><li>We disseminate content in different forms and create a successful symbiosis of advocacy; linking & learning and networking. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Our online Ecosystem
  19. 19. Our sponsors <ul><li>European Commission Second EU Public Health Programme (2008–2013) through the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers; </li></ul><ul><li>Aids Fonds; </li></ul><ul><li>ViiV Healthcare Positive Action Programme; </li></ul><ul><li>Levi Strauss Foundation; </li></ul><ul><li>M∙A∙C AIDS Fund </li></ul>
  20. 20. Contact <ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li> / aidsactioneurope </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>[email_address] </li></ul>