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Dublin Declaration: Have your say on the Government's response to HIV in the UK

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Sarah Radcliffe
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Dublin Declaration: Have your say on the Government's response to HIV in the UK
Posted on: March 14 2014, 12:45 pm
Last edit: March 17 2014, 10:58 am

The Department of Health has asked NAT to co-ordinate the civil society response to the Dublin Declaration on Partnership to Fight HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia Questionnaire. This is a great opportunity to highlight concerns about  HIV in the UK, as well as where we think progress is being made. The Dublin Declaration was adopted in 2004 and is a declaration that HIV is a political priority, committing all signatories (including the UK) to tackle HIV through a series of actions.
 
Countries committed to closely monitor the implementation of these actions, along with those of the Declaration of Commitment of the United Nations General Assembly Session on HIV/AIDS. As part of this monitoring process civil society organisations are given the opportunity to assess the Government's progress in nine areas (political leadership, role of civil society, risk assessments, men who have sex with men, migrants, prisoners, treatment, care and support, PMTCT, and stigma and discrimination).
 
We would really welcome input from UK-CAB members about how you feel the Government is doing in these areas. You can find the questionnaire here: http://www.keelpno.gr/Portals/0/%CE%91%CF%81%CF%87%CE%B5%CE%AF%CE%B1/HIV/Dublin%20Declaration%202014_%20Part%20B_Annex.pdf
The questionnaire is lengthy so please do pick out a few areas that you are concerned about/have evidence. If you don't have time to look at the questionnaire we've picked out a few key questions below. We have to submit our final response by the end of March so would be grateful for responses by Friday 21st March.  Sorry that this is a short deadline but as usually with this process we haven't been given very long to pull everything together. If you have any questions about this then please contact Eleanor, eleanor.briggs@nat.org.uk.
 
 Some key questions:
 - What issues of political leadership do you anticipate your country's HIV response will face over the next five years?
 - Is the necessary funding available for projects/programmes implemented by civil society? If no, where are the gaps?
 - Are there specific reasons or factors that account for new HIV infections occurring in your country?
 - Are there gaps in HIV prevention services for men who have sex with men? What are the gaps?
 - Are there gaps in the provision of critical HIV prevention services for migrants? What are the gaps?
 - Are there gaps in HIV prevention services for prisoners?
 - In your country, to what extent to do key populations experience HIV-related stigma and discrimination?
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