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Transforming HIV responses in Europe

Focus on disruptive community actions

Wednesday, 2 October 2019 | 17:30-19:30 | Room 1

Organised by MSD and the European AIDS Treatment Group

Disruptive community action has been a cornerstone of public health responses to HIV. However, HIV infection rates need to fall faster in Europe if the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are to be met, and spikes in HIV infection rates in some countries require urgent attention. In parallel, long-term outcomes during chronic HIV treatment must be improved. Transforming HIV responses to address these challenges will require rejuvenated, disruptive community advocacy together with innovative, people-centered care approaches.

This session will combine national case studies and interactive breakouts led by community activists, together with a multi-sector panel involving public health specialists and policymakers. It will explore where and why HIV responses in Europe are failing and showcase how the HIV community is disrupting anew. It will also ask how future EU-level policy should support multi-stakeholder action, and how learnings from HIV civil society can be applied in other fields.

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Section A: Critical perspectives on HIV responses

  • Robbie Lawlor, Co-founder of Access To Medicines Ireland, and a HIV advocate for Act Up Dublin, ACT UP Dublin
  • Bratislav Prokic, POTENT – National Center for Sexual and Reproductive Health
  • Cristiana Oprea, Head of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Department I, Victor Babes Clinical Hospital for Infectious and Tropical Diseases
  • Mario Cascio, Chair, European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)

Section B: Showcasing innovation in HIV advocacy

  • Nikos Dedes, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, European AIDS Treatment Group
  • Michael Meulbroek, CheckPoint Barcelona
  • Cristiana Oprea, Head of the Clinical Infectious Diseases Department I, Victor Babes Clinical Hospital for Infectious and Tropical Diseases

Section C: Future thinking: EU policy and intersectoral collaboration

  • Nikos Dedes, Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, European AIDS Treatment Group
  • Fiona Godfrey, Secretary General, European Public Health Alliance
  • Wolfgang Philipp, Deputy Head of Unit, DG SANTE (C3), European Commission

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