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World AIDS Day: More than 40 projects tackle epidemic

More than 40 public health projects have received financial support under the EU Public Health Programme to tackle the epidemic of HIV/AIDS in recent years. The total Community contribution is over 22 million euro.

These projects have been instrumental in developing cooperation and exchange among dozens of organisations active in the field of HIV/AIDS across the European Union – non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academic and research institutions and public bodies.
The bulk of the funding has been spent on the prevention of new HIV infections by supporting initiatives to prevent

  • Sexual transmission of HIV, targeting youths, migrant and mobile populations and men having sex with men (MSM)
  • Transmission via intravenous drug use
  • Mother to child transmission.

A number of supported projects dealt with the safety of blood, tissues, cells and organ transplantations, including the avoidance of blood borne infections such as HIV and hepatitis.

An important part of the funding concentrated on reducing the negative impact of the epidemic including the treatment, care and support of those living with HIV/AIDS, as well as to mobilise the resources and coordination of efforts, especially, to enhance the development of the epidemiological surveillance of HIV/AIDS, building partnerships through the support of the civil society and co-operation among different EU participants.

Project highlights

1. CONNECTIONS, Integrated responses to drugs and infections across European criminal justice systems,

The project, launched in autumn 2007, coordinated by The European Institute of Social Services (EISS) of the University of Kent, focuses on the potential for partnerships within criminal justice systems of the EU Member States to develop joined-up responses to drugs and related-infections, particularly HIV/AIDS and hepatitis.Hiv_header

The project will facilitate the introduction and promotion – at national and European level – of more effective, comprehensive, evidence-based policies and services to respond to drugs and infections in prisons and within the wider context of the criminal justice system.

Public health and human rights based approaches and priorities will guide the project towards the promotion of comprehensive continuity of care.
If you want to learn more about this project, go to the Connections' website.


2. Expanding network for coordinated and comprehensive actions on AIDS (ENCAP)Hiv_header

The project promotes and strengthens cooperation among various organisations active in the field of HIV prevention and control in the Baltic States.

It is also developing the idea of "low threshold centres" for injecting drug users (IDUs) and their sexual partners, in order to reduce stigma and discrimination toward IDUs.

The project aims at improving knowledge and skills among medical staff, social and mobile workers, and it supports the sharing of good practices with other countries.

ENCAP is coordinated by the Public Health Agency in Latvia and includes organisations from Estonia, Finland, Lithuania, and Bulgaria.

If you want to learn more about this project go to its website.


3. European Partners in Action on AIDS (EPAA)

The project seeks to strengthen knowledge and capacity, and to facilitate discussion and exchange among NGOs and community based organisations active in the area of AIDS in Western and Eastern Europe. Among others the project:

  • Develops knowledge on best practices to tackle emerging and key HIV/AIDS issues
  • Translates lessons learned and innovative approaches into European standards and guidelines
  • Builds a "European Information Clearinghouse on HIV/AIDS" for better dissemination and exchange of information among European NGOs

The action is coordinated by Stichting Aids Fonds - Soa Aids Nederland with associated partners in France, Belgium, United Kingdom, Romania, Germany, and Sweden.
If you want to learn more about the results of the project go to EPAA pages.


4. Responsibility & Partnership - together against HIV/AIDS (TAHA)

A key conference of the German Presidency of the European Union titled “Responsibility and Partnership – Together against HIV/AIDS” was held on 12-13 March, 2007 in Bremen by the German Federal Ministry of Health with EU financial support.

Fifteen health ministers from EU Member States as well as from neighbouring countries participated, together with 160 representatives from European institutions, WHO, UNAIDS and civil society organisations.

The Bremen conference aimed to give new impulse to the fight against HIV/AIDS in Europe with the identification and exchange of examples of good practices with special focus on the cooperation of state agencies and civil society. The main output of the conference is the "Bremen Declaration from the Ministries of Health".

The conference received a lot of attention, not only among politicians and decision-makers, but also among all participants combating the HIV/AIDS epidemic and the general public.

If you want to learn more about this conference and its results please check the project's final report.


Other projects managed by the EAHC

Target: Migrants and the mobile population

  • European network for HIV/STI prevention and health promotion among migrant sex workers (Tampep)
  • AIDS & Mobility Europe 2007–2010 (AIDS&Mobility)


Target: Youth

  • Young and HIV: European network to arrange an innovative prevention campaign and to exchange good practices- experiences in Europe (SUNFLOWER)
  • HBV/HCV/HIV – Three different and serious threats for European young people: a network to study and face these challenges in the EU (H-cube) (in negotiation)
  • Sexual Awareness for Europe: ensuring healthy future generations who love and care for each other, SAFE II (in negotiation)


Target: MSM

  • Capacity building in HIV/Syphilis prevalence estimation using non-invasive methods among MSM in Southern and Eastern Europe (SIALON)
  • Modelo metodológico de prevención del VHI en hombres que tienen sexo con hombres: En todas partes (EVERYWHERE)


Treatment, care and support

  • Capacity building and training in HIV/AIDS treatment and management across Europe (ACTIVATE)
  • Developing HIV/AIDS & Mental health Programs in the new EU countries - MAIDS
  • Developing a training and resource package for improving the sexual and reproductive health of people living with HIV/AIDS - EUROSUPPORT 6
  • Support to The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) in promoting Universal Access (UA) to prevention, treatment, care and support to New MS and New Neighbourhood countries


Leadership and advocacy

  • 5th European Conference on Clinical and Social Research on AIDS and Drugs – Lietuvos AIDS centras, Lithuania


If you want to learn more about the projects that tackle HIV/AIDS, please check our database of projects.

If you are interested in research in the area of HIV/AIDS, e.g. research into new vaccines, please visit the webpages of the Directorate General for Research (overview on HIV/AIDS; projects in the area of infectious diseases funded under 5th Framework Programme and 6th Framework Programme