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Youth Stop AIDS have launched their new campaign: It Ain't Over

We can beat AIDS, but it ain’t over. AIDS is no longer a death sentence and new HIV infections are easily preventable. The opportunity to make AIDS history is within our reach but we risk undoing the progress we've made. 
 
We’ve taken our eye off the ball. Governments and charities are not paying attention to HIV and AIDS like they used to. Complacency is a killer. If we don’t step it up, it’s millions of young people that will suffer.
 
We know what we have to do. We have the tools but we need serious political will and funding from the UK Government to finish the job. Now is the time for us to lead the world and make AIDS history.
 

Join the campaign and the calls for a stocktake review of DFID's global work on HIV & AIDS here
 


STOPAIDS at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference 

STOPAIDS applauds the outstanding global health leadership of the UK government who pledged £1.1billion to Global Fund Replenishment. World leaders, including the UK, stepped up to deliver nearly $13 billion at the Global Fund Replenishment Conference hosted by the Canadian Government from 16- 17 September.

This is an amazing result in a challenging political and economic climate and global civil society played a key role in making it possible. In the UK, STOPAIDS, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Results UK, ONE and Malaria No More have been working in coalition over the past year to ensure an ambitious UK government contribution organising letters from MPs, events in parliament and one to one meetings with civil servants.

However, this great result can only be the beginning of an ongoing fundraising effort for the Global Fund and for the broader global responses to the three diseases. Read more in the STOPAIDS press release on Replenishment.
 
STOPAIDS at Conservative and Labour party conferences.

At Conservative Party Conference, Youth STOPAIDS campaigner Robbie Lawlor, joined us to meet MPs and ask for their support. 22 Conservative MPs, including Development Minister, James Wharton, took their photos with our photo frame showing their commitment to ending AIDS.

We also attended the BOND CFID reception on international development and had the chance to congratulate Priti Patel on Global Fund Replenishment and tell her about our upcoming work on the programmatic and political prioritisation of HIV.

At the Labour Party Conference we introduced MPs and peers to our It Aint Over campaign and our access to medicines work.It was great to get commitments to ending AIDS from the shadow DFID SoS Kate Osamor and hear positive statements about Labour’s plans to tackle high drug prices from Diane Abbott and John McDonnell.

There were some great fringe events on the debate around the decriminalisation of sex work; how aid can work for global justice and Labour’s new trade policy.
Kate Osamor’s international development speech called on the need to address women’s empowerment to reach the SDG targets and we have plans to meet with her to discuss how tackling HIV fits into this.

 

News from Members


The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP) 
 
NSWP is promoting a petition: “Call for UN Women to Meaningfully Consult Sex Workers as they Develop Policy on Sex Work”. The petition is available here
 
NSWP has also published a Draft Framework for a UN Women Human Rights Affirming Approach to Sex Work in response to UN Women E-Consultation. It's available here


Medfash

The next issue of the 'MEDFASH Sexual Health & HIV Policy EUROBulletin' will be sent out on Thursday 13 October 2016. This contains a round-up of sexual health and HIV policy in Europe, including policy developments and guidance; treatment and service guidelines; data, evidence and resources; sexual health rights and advocacy; and updates from parliament and other European institutions. There will also be an eFeature interview with Doortje Braeken from IPPF, who shares her views on key aspects of sexual and reproductive health rights (SRHR) for young people across Europe . Click on the link to see the current issue of the MEDFASH Sexual Health & HIV Policy EUROBulletin   


MEDFASH has announced that it will close at the end of 2016. Cathy Hamlyn, Chair of the charity’s Board of Trustees explained: ‘Over recent years MEDFASH has continued to do valuable work in the field of sexual health and HIV but our income stream has become increasingly unpredictable and continued to decline.  We believe that operating in this way is not sustainable.  So, with great regret, the Board has decided that the only responsible way forward is for the charity to undertake an orderly closure. ’  Full details are available in the press release: MEDFASH: HIV and sexual health charity to close in December 2016


Consortium for Street Children

Is it time for rights-based change or changing rights?

Come to our event on legal, social and practical strategies for street-connected children.

What is a rights-based approach? What is the value of using one? And how can it be used to achieve change for street children? Join us on Thursday 3rd November at our annual Research Conference to explore what rights mean for street children. More details can be found here.


Starfish Greathearts Foundation

Care to Taste: Starfish charitable wine tasting event

Taste your way through wines of the world and make a difference to orphaned and vulnerable children in South Africa.

Arouse your inner wine connoisseur at an intimate after-work wine tasting hosted by Investec in the heart of the City. The Care to Taste Starfish Wine Tasting event,will raise funds to provide life-saving healthcare to South Africa’s most vulnerable children.
 
Guests will spend an evening sniffing, swirling and savouring a selection of 12 wines from all around the world complimented with an array of delicious cheese boards. Sparkling wine is offered upon arrival, followed by a guided tasting. Guests can then try their luck at winning a magnum of Champagne by taking part in a blind-tasting quiz.The wine tasting is taking place on the 6th November.

Tickets: http://starfishwinetasting2016.bpt.me/
Contact: stephanie.kitson@starfishcharity.org 


Strategies for Hope Foundation

Our Annual Review for 2015/16 is now available on the Strategies for Hope website: www.stratshope.org
 
It documents the activities of the Strategies for Hope Trust during the past year and the achievements of the project since it began in 1989. It pays tribute to the many organisations and individuals who have supported it since that time.
 
During the past 27 years the project has produced and distributed over 1.25 million copies of information and training materials on community-based strategies of HIV prevention, care and support, and also on gender issues. 
 
This is the last Annual Review of the Strategies for Hope initiative, because we are about to retire. We are confident, however, that the impact of the project will continue to be felt in many countries, especially in sub-Saharan Africa, for years to come.
 

News from Parliament 

APPG is recruiting a Policy Advisor (maternity cover)
 
If you have the right experience and skills to be the next Policy Advisor to the APPG on HIV/AIDS, we would like to hear from you. The job will start in January and our deadline for applications is 1st November. Please see our website for more details: http://appghivaids.org.uk/vacancy.html Any questions about the role please email or call the Policy Advisor Susie Pelly pellys@parliament.uk 07398116948.
 

Inquiry update: APPG to launch HIV report on the Health and Social Care Act in December
 
After a busy summer of report writing, the APPG is almost ready to report findings from the inquiry into the Health and Social Care Act. We are looking to launch the report on 5th December alongside Halve It at an event in the River Room. We will send out invitations to the event when details have been finalised.

Meetings and Diary Dates

PharMADNESS Game Launch
Monday 10th October, 6 – 7:30pm (drinks till 9pm)
Please join STOPAIDS and the Missing Medicines campaign for the launch of PharMADNESS, an online interactive game that puts you in the seat of a pharmaceutical CEO and exposes the truth behind  our profit-driven model for developing medicines.
 
 

The evening will include a panel discussion - with Professor Karl Claxton (Health Economist from the University of York); David Cowley (UK hepatitis C activist); Saoirse Fitzpatrick (STOPAIDS) and Phumeza Tisilie (South African TB activist – via skype) - and an opportunity to preview the game.
 
The event is on Monday 10th October and will run from 6 – 7:30pm with drinks and nibbles until 9pm and will be held in the Milton Lecture Theatre, Garrod Building, Barts and the London School of Dentistry, Turner Street, E1 2A.
 

Launch of STOPAIDS Strategy
Thursday 20th October 5pm-7pm
The launch of our new strategy is taking place on Thursday 20th October. This is at the Getty Images Gallery, 46 Eastcastle St, London W1W 8DX. Please email siomha@stopaids.org.uk for more information.


STOPAIDS AGM and Workshop - Examining the Evidence: Sex Work Legal Frameworks, Human Rights and Health 
27 October 1pm – 5pm
We will cover STOPAIDS business, including new trustee elections, during the 1st hour. This will be followed by sessions on the impact of criminalising legal frameworks on sex workers health and human rights. Presentations will be made by NSWP, LSHTM, Amnesty International and KESWA (Key Affected Populations Health and Legal Rights Alliance, Kenya). The AGM and workshop are taking place at the IPPF office: 4 Newham's Row, London SE1 3UZ. For more information or to RSVP your attendance please email alysa@stopaids.org.uk


World AIDS Day Conference
Wednesday 30th November 2-5pm
STOPAIDS is holding a World AIDS Day Conference at Impact Hub Westminster. The conference will be followed by evening wine and canapé reception held from 5-7pm.
The main objective of the conference is to discuss the role of UK stakeholders in the past, present and future of the global HIV response and, in particular, the role that UK leadership can play in keeping the response on the right trajectory to realise the UNAIDS Fast Track targets and ultimately end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Please join us on the day.Email siomha@stopaids.org.uk for more details. 
 
 
 
 
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