The health and well-being of millions of people in Europe and Central Asia continues to be impacted by HIV/AIDS. Specific population groups are disproportionately affected due to socio-economic factors and inequities in the delivery of adequate prevention tools and services. In their annual surveillance report, ECDC and WHO call on countries to address inequalities and to invest in, and scale up, access to prevention programmes for most affected groups, especially those left behind. This focus is also addressed in the Global AIDS Strategy and the 2020 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS. Reducing HIV incidence, improving health outcomes and the well-being of the most affected communities will require legal and policy changes, financial investments, cross-sectoral collaboration, and strong community engagement to deliver person-centred services and tools.
The SCOPE project will strengthen community engagement at local and regional levels to reduce the gap in access and use of HIV combination prevention interventions by populations that are most affected by HIV, but which remain inadequately served by the health system and which are underrepresented in policy and public debate.
SCOPE will equip communities with enhanced scientific and technical knowledge, data for advocacy, networking and access to opinion leaders and policymakers to transform beliefs and attitudes currently barring the way to targeted and sustained investment (at the scale needed) to reduce HIV incidence in key populations. While operating at regional level, the project will consider sub-regional local specificities.
SCOPE will be implemented in close collaboration with representatives from key populations (specifically MSM, trans, migrants, women, people who use drugs) who face challenges in accessing combination prevention tools and services. EATG will work in partnership with key populations networks, European Networks, academia, clinicians, and EU and UN agencies. EATG may contract partner organisations or community representatives for the implementation of specific tasks.
The SCOPE project has two strands of work.
1. Platform for learning, networking, and mutual support for representatives from community-based organisations:
2. Generate sound data, monitor challenges/solutions, as well as strengthen community engagement and representation in policy and programming at national and regional level.
Community service providers and activists working with populations most affected by HIV will have enhanced their scientific and technical knowledge of combination prevention tools, service delivery models, guidelines, and good/promising practices to reduce the risk of acquiring HIV.
Policymakers’ and funders’ awareness of and willingness to implement combination prevention for HIV at the scale needed and focus on the needs of inadequately served populations will be enhanced.
The project will also contribute to the recognition of peer workers and community health workers as part of the health and social care systems, and integral to addressing health inequities.
|EATG contact person(s):||Chiara Longhi – email@example.com|
Annisabelle von Lingen – firstname.lastname@example.org
|Duration of the project/initiative:||January or February 2022 – December 2023|
|Budget:||70.000£ in 2022, 70.000£ in 2023|
|Main Funding Sources:||ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd|
|Communication Disclaimer:||The SCOPE project has been developed by the EATG, and was made possible through a grant from ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd.|
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