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About AIDS & Mobility Europe

aids & mobilty europeAIDS & Mobility Europe (A&M)

Co-funded by the European Union

under the Program of Community Action in the Field of Public Health 2003-2008

Back in 1992, after a WHO study on Migrants, Travellers and HIV, the European Commission decided to support a project to investigate HIV and migration in four countries, and AIDS & Mobility was born. For over 15 years, A&M was coordinated by the Netherlands Institute for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (NIGZ). In the early years of the project, NIGZ led A&M in building partnerships across Europe to work together on HIV and migration.

The project built a strong network of professional organisations, developed a database of research material and hosted meetings that for the first time brought together experts on HIV and migration with migrants themselves. In 1999, the National Focal Point network of 15 European member states was established and in 2004, the project expanded to include ten new European member states. At the beginning of 2007, NIGZ retired as project coordinators, and a decision was taken to restructure the A&M project.

The next three years of AIDS and Mobility will look very different, but the new phase of the project will have a head start, building on 16 years of partnership, learning and progress on the issues of HIV and migration.

Plans for the future Although A&M’s work over the next three years to 2011 will build on the project’s history, the focus of this new phase will be quite different.

Working with partners old and new, the A&M project will develop a new model of health education for different migrant communities in various European countries. The final aim is to improve migrants’ health literacy and knowledge of HIV, by involving migrants themselves in undertaking research and delivering health training. 
 

“The mediator training model has been very successful for migrant communities in Germany,” says Ramazan Salman, Director of the Ethno-Medical Centre in Hannover, and project coordinator, “We’re excited to have the opportunity to work with partners on rolling this out across Europe.” As well as testing out the mediator training model, the project will build networks of those involved in work on migrant sexual health in Europe. All partners will be able to share knowledge about HIV and migration, building up research and evidence through the project which will eventually lead to recommendations for European policy-makers and a European Policy Summit at the end of the project.
 
The project newsletter and website www.aidsmobility.org will publish results from the training programme and ongoing research. The aim is to build a knowledge base on HIV education for migrants, contributed to by work from within and outside the project and accessible to all. Partners hope that by working together with migrant communities, they will be able to build capacity for HIV prevention in Europe and make the health education programme sustainable past the project’s scheduled end in 2011.

Lead Partner: Ethno-Medizinisches Zentrum e. V.

Associated Partners:

The National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (NIHMP) - Rome, Italy;

The National Institute for Health, Migration and Poverty (NIHMP) was established in Rome in 2006. The Institute works to promote health in migrant populations and reduce poverty-related disease.

www.inmp.it

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) - Brussels, Belgium;

The European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) is a voluntary organisation made up of more than 90 members from over 30 different European countries. EATG works to achieve the fastest possible access to new HIV treatments.

www.eatg.org

International Organization for Migration (IOM), Brussels, Belgium;

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) is the principal intergovernmental organizationin the field of migration dedicated to promoting humane andorderly (management of) migration by promoting international cooperation on migration issues, by providing services and advice to governments and migrants and assisting in the search for practical solutions to migration problems.

www.iom.int/

AIDS Fondet - Copenhagen, Denmark;

Based in Denmark, AIDS Fondet raises funds for HIV research and to support people living with HIV.

www.aidsfondet.dk

AIDS-i Tugikeskus (AISC) - Tallinn, Estonia;

AIDS-i Tugikeskus (AISC) was founded in Estonia in 1994. AISC provides a range of HIV services for sex workers and migrants.

www.tugikeskus.ee

Naz Project - London, UK;

Naz Project London (NPL) is the oldest and most broadly based BME charity in London addressing the sexual health and HIV/AIDS needs of its communities. Its aim is to educate and empower our communities to face up to the challenges of sexual health and the AIDS pandemic, and to mobilise the support networks that exist for people living with HIV/AIDS.

www.naz.org.uk/

Yeniden - Istanbul, Turkey.

Yeniden is based in Istanbul, Turkey and works mainly with young people and on addiction issues.

www.yeniden.org.tr

Weitere Informationen/Further Information: www.aidsmobility.org/index.cfm
Telephone: +49-511-1693-184

 
 

 

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