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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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Participants’ views at the European level training workshops (Barcelona, January 2015):
“When selecting PQD methods, ask yourself: ‘Is it feasible, is it realistic?’ Reality Check!”
“Workshops like this are rare opportunities to reflect on things, especially: what is enough, what is feasible, what is important?”
Application of QA/QI tools started!
Following the European-level training workshops, partners in Quality Action have begun to apply the QA/QI tools to their projects and programmes. Colleagues from Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe interviewed Holger Pauly, an activist in the field of HIV in Germany. Holger took part in the training workshops on the Participatory Quality Development (PQD) tool. You can find his experience and impressions of PQD, its benefits and possible uses, available in German and English, here.
National AIDS conference in Spain
Our colleagues in Spain are preparing the XVII National Congress on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) in San Sebastian on 6-8 May 2015. This year’s theme is “Reducing the vulnerability of key populations”. The conference aims to reflect on the current situation of HIV and other STIs, to analyse arising challenges and design strategies. Abstract submissions close on 25th January. More information can be found here.
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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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