Meeting on coordinated support for HIV treatment in the WHO European Region
In July 2013, the World Health Organization released the "Consolidated guidelines on the use of antiretroviral drugs for treating and preventing HIV infection”. In addition to clinical topics, operational recommendations have also been made on different modalities of service delivery as well as programmatic guidelines to assist countries and partners with their decision-making. The new guidelines expand eligibility criteria for antiretroviral therapy and increase the number of people living with HIV who need it under the new criteria.
A regional technical consultation on the dissemination of the consolidated guidelines in 12 eastern Europe and central Asian countries was held in Turkey from 29 to 31 October 2013. Immediately following that event, a meeting was held on 31 October 2013 to address the issue of coordinated support to national HIV treatment programmes, including access to services for key populations. The presentations and discussions from the meeting are presented in this report.