The HIV Outcomes initiative reflects a widespread conviction among HIV experts and those living with HIV that important issues relating to the long-term health and quality of life of PLHIV currently receive insufficient attention at the policy level. Launched ahead of World AIDS Day on 1 December, the HIV Outcomes recommendations will focus on improving health system responsiveness to these challenges, and the need to strengthen monitoring of health system performance in that context.
The opening part of the meeting will feature patient, clinician and policy perspectives on the above challenges. WHO Europe will discuss how the work of the initiative corresponds to wider health system responses to the increasing burden of chronic disease and comorbidities in Europe. This will be followed by the presentation of the HIV Outcomes initiative recommendations on long-term health, well-being and chronic care for PLHIV, which are intended to inform thinking at the national level.
The second half of the meeting will focus on the need for continued political action on HIV/AIDS.European Commissioner for Health, Vytenis Andriukaitis, will give the keynote address focusing on EU action in relation to HIV/AIDS. He will be followed by Ricardo Baptista Leite, Founding President of UNITE – the Parliamentarians Network to End HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis and Tuberculosis – who will update us on the work and progress of UNITE.
The agenda for the meeting is available here. The event is supported by MEPs Christofer Fjellner from the European People’s Party (Sweden), Eva Kaili from the Socialists and Democrats (Greece) and Gesine Meissner from the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (Germany).
This initiative comprises stakeholders from across the HIV community – patients, healthcare professionals, academics and industry (a full list of Steering Group members is provided below). As it is enabled by sponsorship from Gilead Sciences and ViiV Healthcare, the attached principles of engagement contain terms and conditions relating to your participation in this meeting and compliance with relevant industry codes. Please read them carefully.