Regional training Improved Treatment and Care Access (ITACA) took place from 12 to 15 May 2016 in Warsaw Poland. The training was organized by the Network of Low Prevalence Countries in Central and South East Europe (NeLP) and the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) and was made possible through sponsorship from Bristol-Myers Squibb. The training had 25 representatives from 17 of NeLP countries, and was centered on HIV Continuum of Care Treatment Cascades in Central and South East Europe.
The Treatment Cascades were presented and discussed in the context of universal access to treatment and care, international 90-90-90 goals set for 2020 by the United Nations and involving the civil society in developing and using this important tool. A lot of attention was given to the importance of evidence-based data, particularly since due to the low prevalence of HIV/AIDS a lot of NeLP countries do not have up-to-date data, or systematically analyzed data or even data based on evidence. The officially available data was presented from the perspective of ECDC, and information that was reported to this European organization. Several examples of treatment cascades developed world-wide were presented during the training, and the example from the region was the one from Croatia.
As a part of the training there was a study visit to the HIV Clinic in Warsaw, which is known as one of the exemplary clinics in the Region providing the most comprehensive treatment and care to its patients. During the visit the participants could learn about the system that has been developed on the clinic for treating patients, which was based on the treatment models in the USA.
Following the visit to the HVI clinic, study visit was continued in the Foundation for Social Education, which is one of the leading civil society organizations in Poland. During this visits the participants learned about the current HIV epidemiological situation in Poland, obstacles faced by the people working in response to HIV in Poland, as well as presentation of the Foundation for Social Education.
The training sparked a lot of interest, and some ideas for national and international activities aiming to develop treatment cascades in the region were already formed during the training.