STEP-UP - Skills Training to Empower Patients

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STEP-UP is a year-long bilingual (English-Russian) modular training programme for HIV activist/advocates in Europe and Central Asia to advance their knowledge and skills. By the end of the programme, trainees should be better equipped to:

  • Confidently engage in dialogue with researchers, policy makers and industry to on projects, interventions, programmes, R&D, policies and regulations related to the prevention, treatment and care of HIV and related infections (mainly hepatitis B and C, TB and STIs) and morbidities, at local or international levels.
  • Enhance treatment literacy and advocacy capacities of local and regional HIV community organisations
  • Further promote the adherence to HIV treatment, care, support and prevention in Europe
  • Fight stigma, health inequalities and discrimination towards people living with HIV


With whom?

The STEP-UP programme is designed for people living with HIV/AIDS, health care providers, civil society representatives and other professionals who work in service delivery and/or advocacy to ensure universal access to combination prevention, treatment and care. Trainees have prior knowledge of HIV and related infections prevention, treatment and care and aspire to expand their capacities. They should assume a leadership role in prevention, treatment and care advocacy, fighting stigma and discrimination, and in increasing understanding and acceptance of HIV in their country and at international level.



The main activities of STEP-UP 2020/2021 are:

  • Regular online training sessions (live), complemented by exercises and reading assignments
  • 1 face-to-face summer weekend
  • 5 local trainings organized by STEP-UP trainees themselves (“train the trainer”)
  • 4 follow-up projects implemented via small grants


For what outcome?

The expected outcomes of the project are:

  • 27 treatment advocates based in the WHO Europe region gain advanced knowledge and advocacy skills related to HIV.
  • 27 treatment advocates from the WHO Europe region are empowered to initiate change at local level in collaboration with peers and partners.
  • STEP-UP participants are linked to international networks.


EATG contact person(s):Marina Cognée –
Duration of the project/initiative:Started in 2007 – ongoing
Project/Initiative Leader:EATG
Project/initiative Main Partner(s):n/a
Budget:185.400 €
Main Funding Sources:Gilead Sciences, ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd
Communication Disclaimer:This initiative has been independently developed by EATG, and was made possible through sponsorship from Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd and ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd. EATG acknowledges that neither Gilead Sciences Europe Ltd nor ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd have had any control or input into the structure or content of the initiative.


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