10.02.2014 Alliance Marks Its 20th Anniversary
The Secretariat of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance based in Brighton, UK, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this week. The anniversary will be marked with a three-day convention focusing on the theme of Together To End AIDS. The convention kicks off with a parliamentary reception at the House of Lords, hosted by one of the Alliance’s staunchest supporters Lord Fowler, Head of the Special Commission on HIV/AIDS.
Some 80 delegates from all round the world will be coming together this week to reflect on the global HIV epidemic to date and the action still needed to accelerate efforts to end AIDS once and for all. Notable speakers include Senegal’s Minister for Health, Professor Awa Marie Coll-Seck; UNAIDS US Director Simon Bland and Dr. Mark Dybul, Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
According to the Alliance’s Executive Director, Alvaro Bermejo: “I’m proud to represent the Alliance in its 20th year and am thrilled that so many of our partners from overseas will be able to join us for this very special occasion. It’s thanks to them that we have managed to make headway in combating HIV, however there’s still a long road ahead.”
In 1994, the Alliance established its first HIV prevention, treatment, care and support programmes in Bangladesh, Burkina Faso, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Senegal. The organization now works in partnership with national civil society organizations in 40 countries across Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean. In 2012 the charity reached more than 4.7 million people, including nearly a million with sexual and reproductive health services.
21.01.2014 Memorandum of Understanding and Cooperation was signed between the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine and International HIV/AIDS Alliance in Ukraine for 2014-2016
In virtue of this document the SPS management commits to support the programs of HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, sexually transmitted infections (STI) prevention and treatment in the penitentiary institutions and facilities in all Ukraine. The Memorandum will facilitate more efficient interaction of the SPS central office and regional divisions, international donors and civil society organizations within the framework of the implementation of State Target Social Program for Combating HIV/AIDS for 2014-2018, Concept of Implementation of the State Policy on Countering Drug Abuse and Illegal Circulation of Drugs and Precursors for 2011-2015 and the Concept of State Target Social Program for Combating Tuberculosis for 2012-2016 approved by the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine.
Principal cooperation line is the prevention of HIV/AIDS, TB, viral Hepatitis, STI among the persons registered with the Probationary Inspection, through which more than 300,000 persons circulate annually. According to the estimates, 30% of them are people who inject drugs.
Moreover, taking into account the penitentiary system reforming and the outlook for probationary service establishment, a separate provision and annex to the Memorandum envisages such innovative cooperation format as organization of daytime centers, where the work with clients is grounded on case management and harm reduction principles; most importantly, these centers will operate on the basis of Probationary Inspection subdivisions specially prepared for these purposes by the Alliance.
For 7 years Alliance Ukraine in cooperation with the State Penitentiary Service of Ukraine and in partnership with regional NGOs has been implementing HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment projects among the prisoners. During 2006-2012 more than 146 000 of the inmates were covered with the services.