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The annual Student Stop AIDS Campaign Speaker Tour is back! From February 16th until March 6th, two amazing speakers – Cristian Sandulescu, originally from Romania, and Juliana Odindo from Kenya – will be touring the UK, visiting 16 student societies, DFID offices in East Kilbride and London, and speaking at the UK parliament in Westminster. Find out where you can catch up with them.
Over the coming four months, STOPAIDS will be producing a white paper on global health in partnership with its members. This paper will be a nonpartisan analysis, making the case for a DFID strategy on global health as well as helping to provide the evidence for how HIV and TB can be integrated into the wider health and development agendas. If you are a member, and would like to engage in this important piece of work, please read further and or contact Ben. Download the Terms of Reference if you are a consultant interested in bidding for the work.
STOPAIDS joined Labour Shadow International Development Ministers Mary Creagh MP and Gavin Shuker MP on a Results UK delegation to Geneva last month, meeting with the leadership of almost all the key multilateral health organisations to discuss the UK’s role in global health and the historic opportunity we have to end the AIDS, TB and malaria epidemics.
Join us as we focus on sex work and HIV. Last June, STOPAIDS published a report looking at key populations which opened with the sobering statistic that female sex workers are 14 times more likely to contract HIV than other women of reproductive age. This was followed in July with the Lancet calling for the full decriminalisation of sex work. As part of our on-going interest in encouraging the exchange of best practice, STOPAIDS is convening a workshop exploring the issues around sex work and HIV, which will culminate in the publication of a Fact Sheet highlighting the best way forward for our members. Do get involved.
News from STOPAIDS

We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alysa Remtulla as the new Multilateral Engagement and Liaison Officer at STOPAIDS. This new position will provide support to the NGO delegation to the board of UNITAID, a responsibility we have taken on from our network members, Oxfam. Read more here.
Sex happens. Saoirse Fitzpatrick from the Student Stop AIDS Campaign attended a three day workshop in Oslo in January, to plan a global movement to advance SRHR targets and youth friendly HIV services in the post-2015 framework. The meeting was facilitated by UNAIDS and Restless Development and included participants from civil society organisations from all around the world. Read more about the 3 day workshop here.
Staff from across our membership gathered in west London in January, to take stock of our progress in delivering the 2013-2016 Strategic Plan. The findings will be presented to Trustees at their meeting on February 24th and communicated to the wider membership in March.
 
News from members

Salamander Trust has launched a new report "Building a safe house on firm ground: key findings from a global values and preferences survey regarding the sexual and reproductive health and human rights of women living with HIV." The report was commissioned by the WHO to inform the development of updated guidelines on the sexual and reproductive health of women living with HIV, and constitutes the largest international survey among women living with HIV to date, with 945 women from 94 countries participating through an on-line survey and focus group discussions. Findings were presented in Geneva in January to members of the WHO Guideline Development Group.
Harm Reduction International and the Malaysian AIDS Council are pleased to announce that online abstract submission and registration systems for the 2015 International Harm Reduction Conference are now open! Submit your paper and register now!
Public Health England (PHE) and The People Living with HIV Stigma Index are inviting STOPAIDS members to participate in the promotion of The People Living with HIV Stigma Index UK 2015; a large scale survey of people living with HIV in the UK driven by people living with HIV for people with HIV. The study has been accepted on to the NIHR portfolio and approved by the Brighton and Sussex NHS Research Ethics committee. The study aims to recruit around 2000 participants through HIV community organisations and support groups in the UK during the period December 2014 – March 2015. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us at stigmaindex@fpa.org.uk
The 2015 Global Dialogues contest invites young people worldwide up to the age of 25 to create a story on HIV/AIDS and related sexual health & rights topics. Winning entries are turned into short films that are viewed by millions each year (www.youtube.com/globaldialogues). The deadline is 31 March 2015. For details and to enter, please visit www.globaldialogues.org. Global Dialogues is a project of the Global Dialogues Trust, UK-registered charity No. 1071484.
 
Meetings and diary dates

Doodle open for March workshop looking at sex work and HIV.
 
News from parliament 

Members of Parliament in the House of Commons engaged in a lively opposition day debate on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on January 28th. Pamela Nash MP, Chair of the APPG on HIV and AIDS, raised the importance of a dedicated health goal and a target to end the epidemics of AIDS, TB and Malaria by 2030. You can read the Hansard transcript here.
The SDGs were also raised by a number of MPs during DFID questions at the start of February focusing on the need for the inclusion of SRHR and gender equality. Investment in research for vaccines including funding for IAVI was also discussed.
The APPG will continue to engage the government to prioritise HIV and AIDS within the Post-2015 Development Agenda and will also continue to promote the recommendations of the Access Denied report.
 
Jobs

NAT, the UK's leading HIV policy and campaigning charity, is looking for a new Chair of Trustees

TackleAfrica are recruiting for exciting roles in Africa training and supporting football coaches to deliver HIV education 

IPPF, Senior Technical Advisor, LINKAGES Project.

IPPF, Technical Officer, LINKAGES Project.

 
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