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Work on the STOPAIDS paper on global health is now underway. This nonpartisan analysis, which will focus on DFID’s role in responding to HIV and AIDS in the parliament to come, is being written by Felicity Daly with the support of a steering group drawn from across our membership. For more information and details of how to get involved contact Ben.

Save the Date: STOPAIDS Quarterly Meeting- 16 APRIL 13.00-16.30 

The unpredictable election and what we can predict for global health and HIV

With just a couple of weeks to go before polls open we'll be picking apart the potential political permutations with development-minded politicos of (almost) every party persuasion. What will a hung parliament mean for health, and which hue of coalition holds most hope for HIV? And critically, how can we ensure our paper making the case for HIV within a broader health strategy influences the next DFID Secretary of State? Please RSVP as soon as possible.

The Student Stop AIDS Campaign Speaker Tour finishes today in London. Over the past 3 weeks it has reached over 200 people and gleaned more than 400 signatures for the Missing Medicines Campaign that is pushing for a needs-driven R&D system to improve access to essential medicines. The DFID East Kilbride and London events went particularly well. Follow @StudentStopAIDS to see Juliana and Christian's journey across the UK telling their incredible stories. 

Over 20 member organisations gathered to take part in our workshop exploring Sex Work and HIV on March 5th. This work, facilitated by Anastacia Ryan, formerly of NSWP, builds on our June 2014 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. We now move to the next stage of the work, which will culminate in the publication of a Fact Sheet highlighting the best way forward for our members. To get involved contact STOPAIDS

News from members

Strategies for Hope Trust: The Nepalese publisher, Sakriya Sath, has just launched Nepali editions of two training manuals developed originally by the Strategies for Hope Trust for use in sub-Saharan Africa. 'My Life – Starting Now’ aims to enable young people to take charge of their lives in a positive way.  ‘Parenting: a Journey of Love’, is designed for use with parents and guardians of young children and adolescents. Limited quantities of both workbooks are available on request from Sakriya Sath or Glen Williams (Strategies for Hope Trust). 
Harm Reduction InternationalThe 2014 Global State of Harm Reduction is now available online. 

Global Dialogues: The Global Dialogues story-creating contest invites young people worldwide up to the age of 25 to submit a story about HIV/AIDS, sexuality or violence against women. Deadline: 31 March 2015. 


Health Poverty ActionMarch for MothersSunday 29 March, 11:30. March for Mothers is a sponsored 5km walk to raise awareness and funds to ensure mothers in the world’s poorest communities receive the essential healthcare they deserve. The money raised can help Health Poverty Action improve access to health services; through mobile clinics and constructed birth waiting homes, whilst training birth attendants in life saving emergency childbirth care. You can buy tickets, make a donation or ask for Jessica Scott for further information.  


Health Poverty Action: Why International Development needs Drug Policy ReformTuesday, 10 March, 14:30- 15:10 (A side event at the CND, Vienna, Conference Room MOE79). This will be the international launch of HPA’s report, Casualties of War, looking at the development costs of current drug policies and the need for the development sector to actively engage in advocating for pro-poor, evidence-based policies. If you will be in Vienna, please come along or get in touch to find out more. 


Student Stop Aids Campaign: At the start of February, Student Stop AIDS Campaigners and 2 Restless Development volunteers headed to Brussels as part of the NO TTIP movement to meet other campaigners, attend meetings and lobby their MEP's on the impact of the TTIP agreement on access to medicines. The Intellectual Property provisions currently included will lead to high prices through extending monopolies whilst absolving pharmaceutical companies from having to publish safety and efficacy data. The highlight of the two days was a stunt involving a giant Trojan horse being pushed by a group of sly business men! The next International Day of Action is April 18th, watch this space for details!


Gender and Development Network: Over the last two decades there have been many new commitments and increasing political rhetoric on gender equality and the realisation of rights for women and girls, but limited real progress in achieving either. GADN have published a report, Turning Promises to Progress, that concludes that this is, in part, because the underlying causes of gender equality have not been addressed and there was insufficient political will to make the changes needed on the ground.  Detailed recommendations for concrete action to turn rhetoric into change are outlined throughout the report.

Meetings and diary dates

STOPAIDS Quarterly Meeting 16th April 13:00-16:30 
 
News from parliament 

The APPG recently met with Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development, Baroness Northover, to discuss the APPG report, Access Denied. The group remains concerned at the lack of availability of viral load testing and the challenges faced by middle-income countries struggling with increased treatment prices and reduced ODA.


The AIDS response remains a prominent feature in the parliamentary agenda. APPG members meet with the Student StopAIDS Speaker Tour speakers on 4 March. 


Pamela Nash, Chair of the HIV/AIDS APPG, has secured a Westminster Hall Debate on 11 March titled, "Access to HIV Treatment in Low and Middle-Income Countries". 

Jobs

TackleAfrica are recruiting for a UK-based programmes intern to support the ongoing development of our work in Africa. 


The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is seeking a Support Officer to contribute to the implementation of our New Markets and Products team strategy and activity.


The International HIV/AIDS Alliance are seeking a Grants Assistant to work within our Contracts and Agreements Team, who will provide support to the team’s assigned donor agreements including, when delegated, managing aspects of the agreements.


The International HIV/AIDS Alliance is seeking a dynamic and highly motivated programme fundraiser who is capable of working at a high level with a range of institutional donors. 
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