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EU contribution to a reinforced prevention and improved care in times of hiv epidemic resurgence

How can the EU support improvement on HIV prevention?

Athens, Hellenic Pasteur Institute - 12-13 June 2014


 

PRESENTATIONS

OPENING SESSION
Commissioner for Health - Tonio Borg - policy statement Commissioner  for Health and Consumers - Tonio Borg - policy statement
People living with HIV/AIDS personal experience and its view of European and National HIV/AIDS policies
Presentation from a representative from an European People living with HIV association, Luis Mendao, GAT/EATG (PT)
Take up of the knowledge and tools produced under the Health Programme actions for the HIV Policies in Greece
Chrysoula Botsi, KEELPNO HIV Unit, health manager and medical professional experience (EL)
Information session on the Health Programme 2014-2020 and WP 2014
Cinthia Menel Lemos (Chafea)

SESSION 1: HIV/AIDS SITUATION AND POLICY RESPONSE, FOCUS ON THE PRIORITY GROUPS
Surveillance HIV and co-infections, trends, prevention guidance for Men who have sex with men (MSM) and migrants
Anastasia Pharris, ECDC
Prevention and control of infectious diseases among people who inject drugs (PWID) and Best practice portal
Alessandro Pirona, EMCDDA
HIV/AIDS and blood borne infections prevention initiatives in Greece
Prof J. Kremastinou, KEELPNO President
Drug policy, prevention and reduction of health-related harm, associated with drug dependence, collaboration between Health and Security on drug prevention
Μ. ΚΑΤRΙΝIS, President of board of OKANA
Blood borne infections prevention and reduction of health-related harm in and prisons
G.PAPANASTASATOS, Head of the Research department, KETHEA

SESSION 2: CIVIL SOCIETY CONTRIBUTION TO THE RESPONSE TO HIV/AIDS POLICY INITIATIVES IN EUROPE AND IN GREECE
Civil society contribution to the response to HIV/AIDS policy initiatives in Europe
Lella Cosmaro

Expert panel discussion on civil society response: focus on the actions contribution; existing gaps and what are the needs for strengthening the response to HIV/AIDS:


SESSION 3: HOW EFFECTIVE WERE THE HIV INFECTIONS PREVENTION INITIATIVES TO REACH THE KEY POPULATIONS?
Responding to HIV in Europe: Current state-of-play and areas for intensified efforts
Anastasia Pharris

Expert panel discussion on how the Health Programme actions contribute for implementing effective HIV prevention and reaching those in need:


DAY 2
SESSION 4: HOW EFFECTIVE WAS THE USE OF QUALITY IMPROVEMENT TOOLS TO IMPROVE HIV PREVENTION PROGRAMMES?
Why quality improvement (QI) and quality assurance (QA) for HIV prevention programmes? Evidence, need, approaches and sources of practical tools
Matthias Wentzlaff-Eggebert

Expert panel discussion on How effective were the HP actions contribution for ensuring improvement of the quality of HIV prevention in Europe?

  • Matthias Wentzlaff-Eggebert, (Quality Action), BzGA (DE)
  • Nigel Sherriff, (EVERYWHERE), University of Brighton (UK)
  • Jordi Casabona Barbara, (HIV COBATEST-EUROHIV EDAT) CEEISCAT, Catalonia, (ES)

SESSION 5: HOW THE EUROPEAN INITIATIVES CONTRIBUTE TO ENSURE UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO HIV AND CO-INFECTION TREATMENT?
How the European initiatives contribute to ensure universal access to HIV and co-infection treatment?
Jens Lundgren (Centre for Health and Infectious Disease Research – CHIP, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen,DK)

Actions contribution for ensuring universal access to HIV and co-infections treatment

  • Danica Staneková , (BORDERNETwork),Slovak Medical University (SK)
  • Magdalena Harris, (Scale up harm reduction), WHO EURO and London School of Tropical Medicine (UK)
  • Christiana Noestlinger, (EUROSUPPORT network), Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine(BE)
  • Jens Lundgren (Centre for Health and Infectious Disease Research – CHIP, Rigshospitalet, University of Copenhagen (DK)

HIV/AIDS prevention workshop on thematic topics
How to improve access to testing for HIV and other blood-borne infections for those at risk?
Chaired by Jordi Casabona from COBATEST/EUROHIV EDAT in collaboration with Anastasia Pharris (ECDC), Massimo Mirandola (SIALON), Jeff Lazarus (OPTEST in HIE), Danika Stanekova (BORDERNETwork), Niki Voudouri (PRAXIS)

How to promote the adoption of Quality Assurance/Improvement (QA/QI) tools in order to improve the quality of HIV prevention projects and programmes?

Chaired by Vasileia Konte (Quality Action) (KEELPNO), EL - Matthias-Wentzlaff-Eggebert (Quality Action), BZgA, DE, in collaboration with Georg Bröring (Quality Action Work Package 8), Apostolos Kalogiannis (Positive Voice) and Anna Kavouri (Centre for Life), Christos Chrysomallis, Ilias Liantis, and Stamatis Poulis (KEELPNO)

How to improve sexual counselling performed by health professionals and civil society organizations to increase risk reduction behaviour of persons living with HIV?

Chaired by EUROSUPPORT (SENSOA and ITM (Ruth Borms and Christiana Noestlingler ) with input from EATG (Luis Mendao), POSITIVE VOICE (Nikos Dedes), BORDERNETwork (Tzvetina A. Netzelmann)

Implementing and scaling up harm reduction interventions

Chaired by Alessandro Pirona (EMCDDA) and Ms Manina Terzidou (Greek REITOX National Focal point). Speakers: (Magdalena Harris (LSTMH), Katrin Schiffer (Correlations network), Gerasimos Papanastasatos (KETHEA), Greek and (Alexander Grabenofer-Eggerth (Austrian REITOX NFP)