The European AIDS Treatment Group
The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) is a patient-led NGO that advocates for the rights and interests of people living with or affected by HIV/ AIDS and related co-infections within the WHO Europe region. Founded in 1992, the EATG is a network of more than 180 nationally-based members from 47 countries in Europe. Our members are PLHIV and representatives of different communities affected by HIV/AIDS and co-infections. EATG represents the diversity of more than 2.3 million people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Europe as well as those affected by HIV/AIDS and co-infections.
Since its foundation, the EATG has been at the forefront of the development of the civil society response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Europe and Central Asia.
We represent and defend the treatment-related interests of people living with HIV/AIDS and related co-infections. Our activities focus on treatment literacy and treatment advocacy.
EATG’s primary geographic focus is the member states served by the World Health Organisation Regional office for Europe (WHO53). However we frequently support and collaborate with similar efforts and initiatives in other parts of the world.
Our mission is to achieve the fastest possible access to state of the art medical products, devices and diagnostic tests that prevent or treat HIV and improve the quality of life of people living with or who are at risk of HIV/AIDS.
We aim for universal access to standard of care treatment, diagnostics and prevention to all countries in Europe and Central Asia.
OUR OPERATION PRINCIPLES
EMPOWERMENT AND ENGAGEMENT
We aim to foster community engagement by providing knowledge and skills in the areas of research and development, clinical trial protocols, regulatory environment, advocacy and project management.
GOVERNANCE AND COMMUNICATION
We aim to develop financially healthy structures, an optimal framework for the implementation of the work plan and user-friendly systems for its members to be involved in the planning and implementation of its work plan and strategy.
The nature of the EATG implies that it has members all over Europe and sometimes even beyond. There are two kinds of membership:
Supporting Membership, without voting right
Ordinary Membership, with voting right, usually granted after 1 year
Our members are active in the following countries:
Albania, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, Uzbekistan. We also have members in Canada and US.
The first EATG Long Term Strategy covered the period between 2007 and 2010. At the end of 2011 EATG published its 2012-2015 Long Term Strategy (as a follow up to the previous 2007-2010 LTS).
Within the framework of the Long Term Strategy a work plan is developed each year. At the end of the year an annual report is published.
The EATG’s Long Term Strategy “Intensifying Our HIV Activism in Europe” focuses on making sure that all people who need have access to affordable medication for HIV, and prevention tools to avoid HIV infection.