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WHAT IS QUALITY ACTION?
Quality Action is the EU-wide ‘Joint Action on Improving Quality in HIV Prevention’. The project, which brings together 25 associated and 20 collaborating partners from 26 Member States, started on 1 March 2013 and will run for three years. Quality Action contributes to the implementation of the EC Communication: ‘Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighbouring countries (2009 – 2013)’.
Quality Action aims to increase the effectiveness of HIV prevention in Europe by using practical Quality Assurance (QA) and Quality Improvement (QI) tools. Quality Action develops and adapts QA/ QI tools especially for use in HIV prevention. The project will train at least 60 trainers and facilitators to support at least 80 HIV prevention programs and projects across the EU that will be applying the QA/QI tools.
The countries highlighted in green are participating in Quality Action.
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AIDS 2014 conference closes in Australia
No one can be left behind if the AIDS epidemic is to come to an end by 2030; despite all the progress made to date, the social determinants of the epidemic still need to be addressed. These were some of the main messages of the 20th International AIDS Conference, which closed in Melbourne, Australia, on 25 July. Quality Action and its work on quality improvement in HIV prevention were well received: over 80 participants filled the skills building workshop room to the very last available seat and about 40 participants worked in groups to learn to use the Succeed tool. The intense discussions held in small groups confirmed how Succeed can help structure participatory discussion and self-reflection on the quality of projects. Matthias Wentzlaff-Eggebert (BZgA Germany), Christiana Noestlinger (ITM Belgium) and Aryanti Radyowijati (ResultsInHealth Netherlands) co-facilitated the workshop on behalf of Quality Action with the support of W3, our partner project at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society (ARCSHS) at La Trobe University, Melbourne.
Some of the world’s leading HIV/AIDS researchers and advocates died on the Malaysia Airlines flight that crashed in Ukraine. We would like to pay homage to those who dedicated their careers to fighting HIV/AIDS, and especially the dear colleagues and friends who also contributed to Quality Action. We will treasure their wisdom and support and our thoughts are with their families, loved ones, friends and colleagues.
20-25 July 2014: Quality Action at AIDS 2014 – Melbourne, Australia
Quality Action offers two events at AIDS 2014 - the 20th International AIDS conference: an introductory workshop to quality improvement and the Succeed tool as well as a symposium on quality and evidence in HIV prevention. Quality Action present both in collaboration with the W3 Project at the Australian Research Centre in Sex, Health and Society at La Trobe University in Melbourne.
More information about the conference and our sessions you can find on AIDS 2014 webpage.
10-11 October 2014: iCAN conference
Quality Action will co-present two of the workshops on the 10-11 October 2014 at the conference “Increasing capacities, Achieving Novelty (iCAN): Pan-European Conference on Community Empowerment and Sustainable Response to HIV/AIDS.” The conference is organised by the European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG) in collaboration with UNAIDS, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Apoyo Positivo, ECUO, Quality Action and SKAIDS and it is co-funded by the European Commission. The application for the iCAN conference is now open. More information about the conference, draft agenda as well as the application form can be found on the iCAN’s webpage
Quality Action in HIV meeting in Athens
CHAFEA is organising a media cluster meeting in Athens on 12-13 June: the EU Contribution to a reinforced prevention and improved care of HIV epidemic resurgence. Quality Action will present the evidence, need, approaches and sources for quality improvement (QI) and quality assurance (QA) for HIV prevention programmes. An expert panel discussion will be held on EU Health Programme actions contribution for ensuring improvement of the quality of HIV prevention in Europe. Find more information here.
New Tools: PIQA and Schiff
Two new tools have been developed in Quality Action. They will be further tested and evaluated by partners in Quality Action: PIQA is a quality assurance tool for of HIV prevention projects targeting People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) and Schiff – A Tool for Improving the Quality of Prevention Programmes. The tools and guidance documents are available here.
European level training workshops
The European level training workshops were held in Dublin (9th to 11th April), Barcelona (28 th to 30th April), Ljubljana (7th to 9th May) and Tallinn (13th to 15th May). More than 90 experts from all participating countries have already registered.
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Are you involved in an HIV prevention initiative and interested in applying a quality improvement/quality assurance tool to one of your projects or programs?
If so, get involved in Quality Action and link with the Quality Action partner in your country, or contact Carolin Vierneisel
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