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Access to Treatment in Central and South East Europe – Regional Meeting

Regional meeting on Access to Treatment in Central and South East Europe of the Network of low HIV prevalence countries (NeLP) took place in Skopje, Macedonia on October 24-27 2014. The Meeting was organized by Stronger Together (Zaedno posilni) from Skopje with the support of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.

The meeting gathered over 20 activists and experts from 15 countries of the NeLP region (Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Serbia and Turkey) to assess and discuss the existing problems and challenges in access to ARV treatment people living with HIV face, and to define suitable long-term and long-term activities to overcome these problems and obstacles.

Over the three days, the participants could learn about current situations in countries from the region, both from the aspect of problems and challenges and successes and best practices. They could also define the desired situation regarding access to HIV treatment in the region, but also to take part and accountability for achieving the desired situation.

One of the key outcomes of the meeting was Call to Action directed at governments of the NeLP countries, pharmaceutical companies, but also HIV/AIDS activists. The Call clearly states most crucial challenges for adequate access to HIV treatment, as well as some of the recognized activities mentioned stakeholders should undertake in order to improve access to HIV treatment.

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Download callforactionskopje-27102014-2.pdf