EATG launches “What We Wanted was What We Needed” a documentary on the Sitges Meetings

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The documentary premiered online on 25 January 2024 at 20.00 CET
Stream excerpts from the documentary here

On January 25 EATG launches “What We Wanted was What We Needed – Rebuilding a Community of Memories and Inclusive Advocacy”, a feature documentary on the Sitges Meetings. This film documents stories, experiences, results, and lessons learned from the Sitges meetings. This documentary happened within the framework of the Belong project, advocating for the inclusion of people living with HIV in non-HIV clinical trials.


The Sitges Meetings were a series of community-owned multi-stakeholder meetings, held between 2007 and 2017 in Sitges, Spain and organised by the EATG. The purpose was to promote the inclusion of people with HIV/hepatitis C (HCV) coinfection in clinical trials for emerging hepatitis treatments, and rapid access to new, safe and effective treatments.


When asked about the historical importance of the Sitges Meetings, Joan Tallada, EATG Member and one of the initiators of the Sitges Meetings, says

I have always thought that our main responsibility as activists is to keep people living with HIV alive. Back in the mid-2000s, we realised that in many European countries, after an exhausting struggle to ensure access to antiretroviral drugs, people living with HIV were dying again, this time from hepatitis C-related liver failure. We had to rise once more to change the rules, to make sure that people living with HIV were included in clinical trials of HCV antivirals before marketing authorisation and not after it. And we made it. Again.


As part of the Belong project, EATG conducted a complementary Case Study that resulted into a written publication titled “What We Wanted was What We Needed” – A Model of Inclusive Community Advocacy: The Sitges Meetings, launched in December 2023.


The documentary premieres online on EATG YouTube Channel (@EATGMedia) on 25 January 2024 at 20.00 CET. It will be available for free online streaming for one month.

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For more information read the press release here.


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The Belong project has been developed by the EATG, and was made possible through a grant from ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd.

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