HIV in Europe and central Asia in the era of the SDGs: operationalizing goals and achieving targets

23–25 April 2018, Berlin, Germany

The WHO European Region is the only WHO region where the number of new HIV infections is increasing rapidly. In 2016, more than 160 000 people were newly diagnosed with HIV across the Region, including more than 128 000 from the eastern part of the Region and 29 000 from the European Union and European Economic Area (EU/EEA). To tackle this epidemic, all countries need to take rapid action and scale up national response efforts. These efforts require intersectoral collaboration, political commitment and a public health approach, with the ultimate goal of ending HIV as a public health threat by 2030 and reaching Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.3.

WHO/Europe and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) have joined forces on HIV surveillance and have been holding joint surveillance biannual meetings covering the whole Region. To accelerate action, they broadened the scope of this year’s meeting to address national and regional responses to the HIV epidemic, in addition to surveillance. On 23–25 April 2018, representatives from all 53 countries of the Region, partners and stakeholders will meet in Berlin, Germany, to review the situation in countries and identify next steps.

Participants include national technical HIV surveillance experts, HIV programme managers, representatives from Member States of the WHO European Region and the EU/EEA, as well as representatives from WHO, United Nations agencies, cosponsors, civil society organizations, the European Commission, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, WHO collaborating centres, the European AIDS Clinical Society, the International AIDS Society, academia and people living with HIV.

Meeting objectives

The objectives of the meeting are as follows:

  • to review the status of achieving European Region and national-level HIV goals and targets to end HIV as a public health threat by 2030, including progress in the implementation of the Action Plan for the Health Sector Response to HIV in the WHO European Region;
  • to assess how to improve availability and use of strategic information to guide the HIV response in Europe and central Asia;
  • to provide a platform for countries to share experiences on successful interventions within HIV prevention and control.

Expected outcomes

Participants are expected to gain knowledge on ways to improve HIV surveillance and response in their countries through reviews and information exchanges on:

  • the availability and use of HIV strategic information for measuring regional and national HIV targets and any implications for European Region-level HIV surveillance and monitoring;
  • the implementation of national programmes and action plans supporting achievement of national and regional HIV targets;
  • good practices within HIV prevention, testing and treatment to be shared among Member States, partners and the greater public health community.