Public Release:  World Bank, WHO, LSHTM launch study of HIV epidemics and vulnerability in Europe and Central Asia

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The World Bank Group, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine will release a new assessment of HIV epidemics and vulnerability in Europe and Central Asia, including a review of factors shaping HIV epidemics. The report presents a systematic analysis of the epidemic dynamics of HIV, vulnerability and response in 53 countries of the WHO European Region[1] plus Lichtenstein, focusing on key populations: people who inject drugs, sex workers and men who have sex with men.

The new findings and recommendations will be released on June 7 in London. The launch event will focus on policy priorities for the region, in light of the social and structural factors driving the HIV epidemic in Europe. It will be followed by a debate among high-level experts and policy makers on maintaining the momentum to prevent HIV.

LOGISTICS: June 7, 2013, 14:30-17.00 BST (registration at 14.00, reception at 17.00)

John Snow Lecture Theatre, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, WC1E 7HT, London

WEBCAST: http://www.lshtm.ac.uk/newsevents/maintaining_momentum_event_video.html (live)

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AGENDA: Introduction by the Co-chair, Peter Piot, Director, Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)

HIV Epidemics in Europe: a focus on key populations vulnerable to HIV, Professor Tim Rhodes, LSHTM

Scaling up Interventions for People who Inject Drugs in Eastern Europe, Dr. Peter Vickerman, LSHTM

HIV and Vulnerability among Sex Workers in Europe, Dr. Lucy Platt, LSHTM

Structural Drivers of HIV among Men who have Sex with Men in Europe, Dr. Peter Weatherburn, LSHTM

Questions & Answers

Panel Debate: Maintaining the Momentum to Prevent HIV

Peter Piot, Director, Professor of Global Health, LSHTM (moderator)

Michel Kazatchkine, Special Envoy of the Secretary General for HIV/AIDS in Europe and Central Asia

Charles Vitek, Country Director, Ukraine/Russian Federation, Division of Global HIV/AIDS, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dasha Ocheret, Deputy Director for Policy and Advocacy, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network

Yusef Azad, Director of Policy and Campaigns, National AIDS Trust

Anna Zakowicz, Co-Chair, Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS

David Wilson, Director, Global HIV/AIDS Program, World Bank Group

Martin Donoghoe, Programme Manager, HIV/AIDS, STIs & Viral Hepatitis, WHO Regional Office for Europe

Closing, Keith Hansen, Acting Vice President, Human Development, World Bank Group

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RSVP: Media should register for this event at http://pressregistrationmaintainingthemomentum.eventbrite.co.uk.

Contacts:

World Bank Group: Melanie Mayhew (Washington), +1 (202) 458-7891, mmayhew1@worldbank.org

Derek Warren (London), + 44 207 592 8402, dwarren1@worldbank.org

WHO Regional Office for Europe: Cristiana Salvi (Copenhagen), +45 4533 6837, csa@euro.who.int

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine: Katie Steels (London), +44 (0)2079272802, press@lshtm.ac.uk

More information: http://www.worldbank.org/aids, http://www.euro.who.int/hivaids, and http://www.lshtm.ac.uk

[1] The WHO European Region stretches from Iceland to the borders of China, including 53 countries and a population of almost 900 million inhabitants.

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