International HIV Partnerships (IHP) promotes testing, optimal treatment and care, human rights, social well-being and personal resilience for successful responses to HIV, hepatitis and related sexual and mental health concerns
To achieve this IHP builds lasting partnerships with activists amongst the affected communities, health care providers, clinical and social researchers, international organisations, industry representatives and government officials throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
IHP’s overall aims:
· Engage affected communities:
o Assert human rights
o Encourage personal resilience, safe status disclosure, and self organising amongst people facing HIV and hepatitis and related sexual and mental health issues
o Ensure safe virtual and physical places for people, at risk and already infected, to seek information, support, care and treatment, to encourage resilience and enable them to take charge of their lives and futures
· Promote vigorous, targeted, confidential testing, both government and community, for HIV, hepatitis and STIs to avoid late presentation and manifest the remarkable gains made in prevention and treatment for HIV and hepatitis
· Advocate for universal data collection and country- and key population treatment cascades, effective HIV and hepatitis monitoring, and epidemiological research to enable successful responses to HIV and hepatitis
· Guarantee our projects are designed and accomplished with people facing HIV and hepatitis, reflect their local realities, and actually achieve their objectives.
IHP is a not-for-profit, Community Interest Company in England and Wales.
IHP launched in 2010 as a resource consultancy providing a range of organisational development and project management services, primarily in the low HIV prevalence countries of South East Europe, specifically with partners in Turkey, Macedonia and Serbia.
Ben Collins, IHP’s founder, had previous international HIV experience, since the late 80’s, with Project Inform based in the US, one of the first HIV treatment information and advocacy organisations, and then in the UK with Simon Collins (HIV i-Base) and Dr Mike Youle (HIV Training and Resource Initiative.
In 2011 IHP teamed with regional activists and EATG to launch NeLP, the network of low HIV prevalence in Central and South East Europe (C&SEE), one of the few world regions with still increasing numbers of new infections.
In 2012 IHP began functioning explicitly as a multi-service, multi-issue resourcing platform for innovative projects developed by activists, providers, researchers and people impacted by blood-borne diseases.
In 2013 IHP broadened its work beyond C&SEE; served on European HIV Testing Week’s working group; established working ties with colleagues in the Middle East (ME), another world region with rising new infections; and convened ReShape, a UK-based think tank, comprised of activists, researchers, clinicians and service providers, to reshape responses to HIV, hepatitis and related sexual and mental health conditions in response to persistent high infections of HIV and hep C amongst MSM, migrants and trans* people.
In 2014, with funding from ViiV, Gilead and Janssen, IHP:
Convened key stakeholders meetings throughout Turkey to address rising rates of new HIV infections
Convened a workshop on self stigma and resilience
Hosted a cross region exchange between ME and C&SEE activists
And launched a European community testing network with 56 Dean Street and Checkpoints in Athens, Barcelona and Lisbon.
See here for details of recent work.
IHP 2015 objectives:
Strengthen the IHP core team, refine links with partners and work colleagues to strengthen IHP as a multi-service, multi-issue resourcing platform
Consolidate 2014 advances in the following activities:
IHP’s self stigma initiative with Nadine Ferris France
Community testing network with the network steering committee
European Testing Week serving on the ETW working group and participating with NeLP’s testing project
NeLP’s Overcoming Obstacles to Testing OOTT) and Access to treatment access (ATT) projects
To Prevent and Protect project with Turkish key stakeholders and international supporters advocating for government attention to rising HIV numbers with Dr Deniz Gökengin, EGEHAUM
Turkish self management project at EGEHAUM with Dr Deniz Gökengin and Waverley Care, Scotland
Cross region exchange for ME and C&SEE activists with NeLP and Middle East collaborators
MENARAC – the MENA Research Advocacy Committee with Dr Navid Madani
ReShape think tank in the UK and its projects including the 1st European ChemSex Forum and frontline training and the VITO project, a film series promoting dialogue amongst LGBT generations.
IHP achievements include:
Assisted in the development of the HIV Medical Association of India and coordinated their first 3 national conferences
Developed an ongoing partnership with Dr Deniz Gökengin in Turkey and assisted in the development of EGEHAUM
Developed an ongoing partnership with Nenad Petković and Nada Mićić and Q-Club in Serbia
Cofounded NeLP and serving as a Coordinating Committee member
Developed an ongoing partnership with Dr Navid Madani (US / Iran) and Dr Fardad Doroudi (UNAIDS Iran). Coordinated the 1st International HIV/AIDS Conference in Iran and HIV/AIDS in Islamic Majority Settings at IAS, Kuala Lumpur
Serving on the European Testing Week working group
Launched NeLP’s Overcoming Obstacles to Testing project
Hosted the 1st Cross Region Exchange between ME and C&SEE
Convened ReShape, a UK-based HIV and hepatitis C think tank