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Join us on 25 June from 9:00 - 13:00 for the launch of the UNAIDS & Lancet Commission Report, 'Defeating AIDS: Advancing Global Health'. 

The report summarises the lessons from the AIDS response, remaining challenges to expands access to prevention and treatment and discusses what these lessons and challenges hold for the future of global health in the post 2015 era. A symposium launch of the report will be followed by a panel discussion.

We will be launching the STOPAIDS report which calls for DFID to adopt a global health strategy with HIV at the forefront, at this event. 

This event will take place in the John Snow Lecture Theatre at LSHTM. Please RSVP if you plan to attend or click here for more information. 

STOPAIDS travelled to Rio de Janeiro to take part in the 22nd Executive Board Meeting of UNITAID. Over the course of the week we participated in NGO delegation pre meetings, lobbying meetings with other board members and the board meeting. One key outcome of the board meeting was UNITAID's decision to focus its next call for proposals on three strategic areas of intervention

On 2 June, to mark the 40th anniversary of International Sex Worker Day STOPAIDS has collaborated with its membership to produce a factsheet on Sex Work, HIV and Human Rights designed to benefit the programmatic and policy positions of members.

News from STOPAIDS 

We are delighted to announce that Tabitha Ha has replaced Saoirse as the Student Stop AIDS Campaign Coordinator. Tabby has been an avid Student Stop AIDS campaigner for the last two years and has great ideas on how to strengthen the student network. 

Siomha Cunniffe will be starting as our new Operations Manager from 2 July. Siomha will be joining us from Autistica UK and we are thrilled to have her coming onboard. 

News from members

StriveThe May edition of the STRIVE Digest newsletter has been published. It contains interesting resources, exciting news and information on STRIVE Learning Labs.
Starfish Greathearts Foundationare holding a concert in Rosslyn Hill Chapel at 7:30pm on 2 July to raise funds for orphans affected by HIV. You can book online or call 020 7597 3797. Please email for further information.
Trócaire is piloting work on tackling self-stigma among people living with HIV in Zimbabwe. Alongside colleagues in the Irish Forum for Global Health, they have developed an action calling for increased recognition, resourcing, research and commitment for addressing self-stigma in the context of the HIV epidemic. Please take a moment to look at the information on the IFGH home page, and to sign the petition.
Theatre for Changehas launched an international training programme for organisations working with at risk groups. Theatre for Change has developed a unique approach to behaviour change and advocacy which combines drama and participatory learning to promote behaviour and policy change. This approach is particularly beneficial to those working in sexual and reproductive health and gender rights. For more information or to enquire about packages please visit the website.

The Kaleidoscope Trust: is excited to announce the appointment of Dr Felicity Daly as Executive Director. Felicity has an outstanding record of promoting sexual rights in development policy and programming. Felicity's background in public health and social development programming will support Kaleidoscope Trust to expand its work to support partnerships with LGBT organisations in low and middle income countries.

Meetings and diary dates

STOPAIDS Roundtable on Middle Income Countries 22 June 14:00- 16:00 at 28 Charles Square, N1 6HT. Contact Alysa for more information. 

Harm Reduction International, the International Drug Policy Consortium, Reprieve, the APPG on Human Rights and the APPG on the Abolition of the Death Penalty meeting on  'Human Rights, the Death Penalty and International Drug Control: Avenues for UK action' on 23 June 2015 10:00- 11:30 in the IPU room off Westminister Hall. Please RSVP if you plan to attend. 

Launch of the UNAIDS and Lancet Commission report 'Defeating AIDS: Advancing Global Health' 25 June 2015  9:00- 13:00.
News from parliament 

Post election elections don’t get much notice in the political world but that’s exactly what the All Party Group on HIV & AIDS has been up to. Some of our most active members were not returned at the recent general election so we have held elections to fill Chair and Vice Chair vacancies. The group has valued the leadership and commitment of outgoing Chair Pamela Nash who was a passionate advocate for the rights of people living with and affected by HIV all over the world.  Pamela will be missed and we wish her well. The new chair of the APPG will be Mike Freer MP. Mike Freer has been a longstanding and dedicated member of the APPG and we look forward to working closely with him.