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On World TB Day 2015, Student Stop AIDS took to the streets to raise awareness about our Missing Medicines Campaign, highlighting the lack of research into TB treatments. The Day of Action culminated in a photo stunt outside parliament where students acted out an alternative medical research system called 'push, pull, pool'. The system, designed by MSF, uses innovative incentives to encourage innovation into neglected diseases using collaborative research methods and promoting shared licensing to ensure more suitable, affordable medicines for all.

STOPAIDS joined a meeting in Madrid last week to help launch a new European movement to secure a more just model for developing new medicines. The new pan-European platform will hopefully strengthen STOPAIDS work on R&D reform and our Missing Medicines Campaign by building allies across the continent.

The first of three workshops associated with our paper on global health took place on 26 March, hosted by IPPF, with representatives from 16 organisations present. STOPAIDS members explored examples of the health benefits of HIV & AIDS and TB programmes, and looked at where integration of HIV and AIDS services into broader health responses has worked well. Two workshops will happen in April as part of this process and we encourage you to get involved. RSVP.

From March 9-14 STOPAIDS travelled to Addis Ababa to take part in the UNITAID Ethiopia In-country Consultation. Over the course of the week we visited projects on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria, met with Government representatives and implementing partners and facilitated a civil society workshop with key activists working to end the 3 diseases. We will be presenting back to the UNITAID board on the lessons learned from the consultation in April.

News from STOPAIDS

Our Chair of Trustees, Georgia Burford, is running the Paris Marathon in 2 weeks, fundrasing for STOPAIDS. As if the challenge of a marathon wasn't enough, Georgia has pulled her Achilles tendon and been told by a physio not to run until the big day! Please consider sponsoring her by texting STAI05£X to 70 070, replacing X with the value you'd like to donate.


We have put together a report about our recent workshop on Sex Work and HIV. There, you can also have an overview of what our members are doing in this area.


News from our members

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has released a new short film, Sugar For Your Child, featuring the story of Nahimana, 22. A mother of two, Nahimana gave birth to her first child when she was still just a child herself at 13,  Nahimana visits a youth centre, RNJ+, supported through Link Up which is improving the sexual and reproductive health and rights of more than one million young people in Bangladesh, Burundi, Ethiopia, Myanmar and Uganda.


The ATHENA Network has launched a report with the AIDS Legal Network in New York last week, Diversity: Connecting the Pieces. This is a paper looking at how we can strengthen women's engagement with the Global Fund, and support the implementation of the Global Fund's gender equality strategy, especially as we move into the consultation on the next Global Fund institutional strategy.


ATHENA Network has also recently launched a new report from the Link Up project, in which they are a partner. The report: HIV and sexual and reproductive health and rights: visions, voices and priorities of young people living with and most affected by HIV was developed in collaboration with the Global Youth Coalition on HIV and AIDS (GYCA), and with support from the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.


Trócaire has developed a practical programming guide for doing economic strengthening work with particular groups – i.e. as part of a wider HIV care and support intervention.


Trócaire has also developed a checklist on resilience, and how to consider HIV in the context of resilience.


The Kaleidoscope Trust has launched a new report into the challenges faced by LGBT people in the Commonwealth. Collaboration and Consensus, co-authored with The Royal Commonwealth Society, examines some of the ways in which Commonwealth institutions, nations and civil society can use some of the unique mechanisms of the Commonwealth to address discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


The March edition of the STRIVE Digest newsletter has been published. It contains fruitful resources, exciting news and links to previous Learning Labs.

Meetings and diary dates

HIV within broader development - a discussion workshop

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

As this parliament draws to a close, APPG members have been busy ensuring that HIV and AIDS remain on the political agenda. Lord Fowler led a debate in the Lords and Mike Freer MP led a debate in the commons on HIV prevention. Pamela Nash MP, Chair of the APPG, led a Westminster Hall debate on access to HIV medicines in low and middle-income countries to build on the recommendations in the Access Denied report. This was a particularly constructive debate with the report being welcomed by DFID and the Minister agreeing to address some of the key recommendations.


The APPG also joined with other international development APPGs to host a meeting with Amina J Mohammed, Special Advisor to Ban Ki Moon on Post-2105 development planning. Amina shared her insight with members of parliament, inviting them to engage further in the process.

Jobs

STOPAIDS is recruiting a new Director.


The Sophia Forum are looking for someone to join immediately in an administrative role to work directly with the trustees.


Plan UK is looking to recruit a Programme Officer to coordinate the effective delivery, monitoring and reporting of a recently awarded DFID Contract FP2020: Monitoring and Accountability at the National and Local Level.

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