National HIV programme managers meet to discuss progress and ways forward


WHO/Europe in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and partners brought together national HIV programme managers from countries of eastern Europe and central Asia and non-European Union (EU)/European Economic Area (EEA) countries in Copenhagen on 25–26 September 2017. The meeting provided a platform to review progress, good practices, challenges and ways forward in the field of HIV prevention, testing and treatment.

The 2-day meeting brought together 72 participants, including representatives from 15 countries and a number of partner agencies, civil society organizations, WHO collaborating centres and country offices, WHO/Europe and headquarters. Participants presented and exchanged experience on national HIV action plans and strategies, and their financing; reviewed WHO guidance, tools and policies and the status of their implementation; addressed cross-cutting issues and opportunities, particularly in regards to coinfections and vulnerable populations, and discussed best practices.

Key discussion themes emerging from the meeting centred around targeted HIV testing services and linkage to care, processes for making HIV medicines affordable in countries, implementation of a treat-all approach, innovative models for the provision of services for key populations, and sustainable financing of national HIV programmes, including HIV prevention.

Strong voices reaffirmed regional commitments and ways to accelerate the HIV response toward reaching WHO global and regional targets and ultimately ending AIDS by 2030, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals.