In Central and South East Europe

In 2014

  • In cooperation with the NeLP coordinating committee and members of EATG, funded and established the NeLP secretariat with a dedicated staff person based at Q Club in Belgrade for Central and South East Europe, one of the few world regions with still growing rates of new HIV infections.

  • Updated the NeLP website and Facebook page

  •  Launched a new online newsletter to share local news, raise international awareness, and promote NeLP campaigns

  • More than doubled NeLP’s communication network to 150+ and segmented the network to target messages to each group: regional activists, epidemiologists, clinicians, researchers, government officials and other stakeholders

  • Added Poland to the network increasing the number of countries to 18 with a combined population of nearly 220 million people

  • Launched Overcoming Obstacles to Testing (OOTT), an ongoing, regional project to advocate for increased, voluntary testing for key populations and to link, as a region, with European HIV testing week (ETW) 2014, to overcome regional “underperformance” in ETW 2013. Organisational participation increased by 109%.

  • Participated in the first Access training with Stronger Together in Skopje, Macedonia, finishing with a well attended press conference and a call to government, industry and community for coordinated dialogue and negotiation

In 2015

  • Support and maintain the NeLP secretariat at Q Club

  • Continue NeLP’s Overcoming Obstacles to Testing (OOTT) project

    • Emerge as the regional monitor of country testing rates and data collection

    • Participate in European HIV testing week 2015 by promoting country testing task forces

    • Engage with the emerging European community testing network

  • Continue NeLP’s Treatment Access project

    • Collaborate with EATG on an access training and workshop in Poland

  • Develop structural ties with clinicians and researchers in the region to promote data collection and epidemiological research to better understand the HIV and hepatitis epidemics in the region

    • Seek guidance from WHO and UNDP to coordinate these regional efforts

    • Continue needs assessments initiated by Drs Deniz Gökengin (Turkey) and Cristiana Oprea (Romania) in 2014

    • Coordinate training course on planning for developing population size estimates for key populations at increased risk of HIV with the Zagreb WHO Knowledge Hub for HIV surveillance, in collaboration with EACS, UNAIDS, UNDP