Based on the experience of The Silver Zone in the Global Village at AIDS 2022 conference we decided it was time to give voice to the neglected needs of older people living with HIV. The iCOPe HIV initiative was born. We feel the challenges many of us face in our daily lives are not well acknowledged and our needs are not being addressed. We are a silent majority. Global estimates show that in the near future most people living with HIV will be aged >50 and an increasing proportion aged >65.
At the HIV Glasgow 2022 conference, during the Ageing with HIV: from knowledge to action session curated by EATG, The Glasgow Manifesto was launched. We have received more than 125 endorsements from organisations and institutions globally, reflecting the great interest in the issues highlighted and underscoring the urgency of action needed.
iCOPe HIV is an initiative of the four founding partners EATG (Europe), NATAP (USA), Realize (Canada) and UTOPIA_BXL (Belgium).
Key points from The Glasgow Manifesto
We – ageing and older people living with HIV – are not a homogenous group between nor within countries around the globe, so we expect the calls to action included in the Glasgow Manifesto to be implemented in ways that are equitable and account for intersectionality. We all deserve age-friendly and age-affirming information, care, services, and support that considers the impact of our HIV status, gender identity, sexual orientation, citizenship, ability, race, ethnicity, and place of residence, among other factors.
|EATG contact person(s):||Mario Cascio – firstname.lastname@example.org (member representing EATG)|
|Duration of the initiative:||October 2022 – ongoing|
|Secretariat:||To be co-hosted by Realize and EATG|
|Main Partner(s):||iCOPe HIV is an initiative of the four founding partners EATG (Europe), NATAP (USA), Realize (Canada) and UTOPIA_BXL (Belgium).|
|Main Funding Sources:||In-kind contributions by founding members. Ongoing fundraising efforts|
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