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Our three incredible Youth Stop AIDS speakers from the UK, Ireland and Uganda toured the country this month, covering 22 events in 17 cities including an event in Parliament! Our speakers were exceptional, delivering inspirational speeches to 732 young people and decision-makers directly, inspiring them to take action. Furthermore, through multiple TV and radio interviews we reached an estimated 410,180 people! The tour urgently highlighted the need to re-prioritise the HIV response, the importance of accessing affordable and appropriate medicines and the crucial role that youth must play in the HIV response. Check out the Storify or #speakertour16 on Twitter for the full story. 
 
Last week was a very exciting week for STOPAIDS work on access to medicines. On Tuesday we held MP briefings with world leading access to medicines expert, Jamie Love. Jamie has played a critical role in the battle for access to antiretroviral treatment in  the global south. STOPAIDS also presented our submission on global R&D reform to the UN Secretary General’s submission on Access to Medicines. Together with other members of the Missing Medicines campaign we staged a great demo outside and the panel’s co-chair -Justice Michael Kirby- came down to lend his support. You can read STOPAIDS’ submission here and watch live coverage of the global dialogue here.
 
Youth Stop AIDS held a day of action to coincide with the beginning of the UN Secretary General High Level Panel on Access to Medicines. The group dressed in Martin Shkreli masks emerged from a structure representing our profit driven R&D model. Youth Stop AIDS also briefed 17 MPs on the issues, including Shadow International Secretary of Development, Dianne Abbot. The stunt was featured in Huck Magazine
STOPAIDS would like to invite you to our one-day symposium on middle income countries. Over the past 15 years, the number of countries falling into the ‘middle income’ category has grown, rising to 105 countries in 2015.  While GDP in middle income countries (MICs) has increased, social, economic and political challenges remain. At the same time, the funding climate has become more constrained and the donor landscape has shifted. These trends have forced the international development community to reconsider what the level, type and purpose of external support in middle income countries should be in order to be most effective.

The STOPAIDS symposium will convene government and multilateral representatives, NGOs, academics, private donors and activists living in middle income countries from across the international development field to generate ideas and debate around how to engage with middle income countries. It will take place on 24 March from 9:00- 17:30 at St Bride Foundation (EC4Y 8EQ). Please RSVP to Alysa if you can attend. 
News from members

Harm Reduction International’s new report, The Case for a Harm Reduction Decade, shows that HIV-related deaths and new HIV infections among people who inject drugs could be almost entirely eliminated by 2030 with just a tiny shift in global drug control spending. It shows that the redirection of just 7.5% of current drug control spending by 2020 would achieve a 94% cut in new HIV infections among people who use drugs by 2030, and a 93% drop in HIV-related deaths. Read more in the Lancet blog

The next STRIVE Learning Lab takes place on Thursday 17 March at 12pm noon GMT. Daniel Jordan Smith, Professor of Anthropology at Brown University, will give a presentation entitled: 'Morality, Structural Inequalities and HIV in Nigeria'. 

Reproductive Health Matters will be taking submissions for their November issue starting on 15 March focusing on "Sexuality, sexual and reproductive health in later life". This issue will shine a spotlight on people over 50, inviting research, policy analysis and examples of practical actions that address the effects of ageing on sexuality and sexual and reproductive health.For further information visit: http://www.rhmjournal.org.uk/journal/call-papers/

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has published a new resource: Increasing access to HIV treatment through a community-supported public private partnership in Myanmar: A case studySign up to receive monthly news and HIV technical information.

Positively UK want to know what good care means to you. Some things you consider important may not always be recognized in health services.  We've designed a questionnaire to understand what's important to you in your life, what contributes to your wellness, and how healthcare can help with this.  We're working with the British HIV Association with the aim of informing their primary care guidelines to be produced later this year, and with NHS IQ in mapping out what quality care in the NHS looks like. Everyone completing the survey can also be entered into a prize draw for £100. You can find the survey online here.

International Partnership for Microbicides have published the results of a clinical trial demonstrating an important scientific achievement for women’s health. Two large Phase III clinical trials — The Ring Study and ASPIRE — have shown that a monthly vaginal ring containing the antiretroviral drug (ARV) dapivirine can safely help prevent HIV-1 infection in women. The monthly ring is the first long-acting HIV prevention method designed for women, who bear the greatest burden of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. IPM plans to apply for regulatory approval to license the product.

Avert are expanding their news service – a portal that covers the latest news and developments on the HIV epidemic, and related fields, for an audience of professionals. Avert are to keep up-to-date with your work and to promote it to our worldwide audience. For more information, get in touch, or please send through any relevant press releases, images, video, or pitches for interviews and opinion pieces, to info@avert.org. Avert are also delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Moore as the new Head of Digital Communications and Marketing.

Salamander Trust is happy to share two new publications:

WHO Bulletin: Sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV: a global community survey: This article describes the ground-breaking community-based participatory research methodology employed to conduct a values and preferences survey to inform WHO as it updates its guidelines on this topic.
 
openDemocracy: The confinement of Eve: resolving Ebola, Zika and HIV with women’s bodies? There are parallels between three major newsworthy viruses, Ebola, HIV and Zika, in relation to the global public health response and persistent and often toxic gender stereotypes.
 

Meetings and Diary Dates

Our first All Member Meeting of 2016  (formally referred to as quarterly meetings) will be held on Thursday 14th April, 2-5 pm.  The theme of the meeting will be Prevention: Latest developments and key issues. We will send more information on the format for the day in advance of the meeting. Please let Siomha know if you're interested to attend. 
 
Jobs

STOPAIDS is recruiting for a Policy Officer. the Policy Officer will work on a range of topics, including the political and financial prioritization of HIV by the UK government, the integration of HIV in broader health and development, and sex work & HIV.

STOPAIDS is recruiting for a consultant to work with STOPAIDS to run a strategic review and renewal process that will result in a new STOPAIDS 5 year strategy (2017 -2021) to be launched in October 2016.

Sense about Science is recruiting an AllTrials Campaign Manager.The Campaign Manager will build a vibrant international campaign, coordinating activity across the many groups championing trial reporting to change the culture of clinical trial reporting forever.

Robert Carr Network is seeking a new Fund Director. This person will publicly represent the fund and be the liaison towards civil society and donors. The fund Director / Manager will be committed to work for and with Inadequately Served Populations ( ISPs) and committed to the values and principles of the RCNF. 

NAT is a small but dynamic charity and is looking for a confident self-starter to take on the multi-faceted role of Office Administrator.
 
News from parliament 

APPG on HIV/AIDS and STOPAIDS host the Speaker Tour in Parliament
On Tuesday 1st March Brian Sensalire, 22, from Uganda and Robert Lawler,  25, from Ireland came to Parliament as part of the annual Youth STOPAIDS Speaker Tour. The advocates told their powerful stories of learning to live with their HIV+ diagnosis and how they turned what could have been a negative life event into a positive life-changing moment. Parliamentarians were both impressed and moved by the testimonies.
 
Access to Medicines expert Jamie Love meets Parliamentarians on R&D
Well known advocate for access to medicines and Director of Knowledge Ecology International (KEI), Jamie Love met with members of the APPG to discuss R&D.
 
Debate on R&D
Members of the APPG are looking to secure a Backbench Business Debate on R&D for neglected areas of disease and other non-communicable diseases. We will let you know when it is happening.
 
APPG on HIV/AIDS ongoing inquiry into the Health and Social Care Act
The APPG extended the call for written evidence to enable more organisations to put forward their views on the Health and Social Care Act and its impact on HIV services. Oral evidence sessions are due to take place in May
 
APPG to meet with Mr Festus Moghae
Former President of Botswana His Excellency Mr Festus Moghae is due to meet with Parliamentarians on 22nd March alongside UNAIDS to discuss what more the UK could be doing to achieve the SDG target to end AIDS by 2030.
 
APPG HIV/AIDS and STOPAIDS to co-host a meeting with Parliamentarians on the UN High Level Panel Meeting on AIDS
The APPG is working with STOPAIDS to organise a public meeting on the UN High Level Panel Meeting on AIDS. We will send out an invitation soon.

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