Quality Action is the EU-wide ‘Joint Action on Improving Quality in HIV Prevention’. The project, which brings together 25 associated and 17 collaborating partners from 25 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.

Each country selects key people to be trained as part of the project. The HIV prevention projects or programs to apply the QA/QI tools are also selected and organised on the local level. Quality Action will provide a ‘participation guide’ to assist partners with getting involved. Based on the results of these pilot applications of QA/QI tools, the project will create a ‘Charter for Quality in HIV Prevention’ with agreed quality principles and criteria to assess and improve quality. A Policy Kit will promote the integration of QA/QI into HIV prevention strategies, policies and action plans at the European, Member State and Regional levels.

Coordination of Quality Action

Quality Action is coordinated by the German Federal Centre for Health Education (BZgA) in Cologne, Germany. Its three cross-cutting and five core work packages are led by governmental and non-governmental organisations based in Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Germany and the UK.


Quality Action and IQhiv

The methodological concept behind Quality Action is based on the work of the IQhiv initiative, which was launched in 2009. IQhiv aims to:

  1. Promote the routine inclusion of quality improvement practices into HIV prevention across Europe at the project, program and policy levels; and
  2. Disseminate information on quality improvement practices that have been shown to enhance the effectiveness of HIV prevention at the project, program and policy levels.

Further information can be found on the IQhiv website.


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