STOPAIDS is committed to providing platforms for its members to exchange information, best practice, expertise, and peer support across the breadth of HIV and AIDS issues.
Through STOPAIDS’ information exchange work stream, we aim to see our members’ programmes, policy, and advocacy improve, based on best practice, to ensure they are working to maximum effect to benefit people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS globally.
Quarterly Meetings and AGMs
STOPAIDS organises three quarterly meetings and an AGM each year. Meetings are open to all members and include a thematic session. Recent themes have included faith and the criminalisation of homosexuality, gender based violence, access to medicines and the Post-2015 development agenda.
In partnership with our thematic groups, we organise quarterly half-day or whole-day seminars. Seminars focus on timely or neglected issues related to HIV and AIDS and share evidence-based good practice.
Fact sheets are released every two months and aim to shed light on issues related to HIV and AIDS that are under-recognised. The fact-sheets provide an overview of the issue and sign-posts to further information. Recent topics for fact sheets have included: Palliative Care for people living with HIV, the link between HIV and violence against women, and the importance of WASH in the HIV response.
Thematic groups bring together STOPAIDS members who have an interest in a specific issue. They have online and face-to-face communication to share information and work on specific projects. Current groups focus on care and support, children affected by AIDS, faith, gender, and HIV prevention.
Policy meeting series
Other meetings are organised when important new global policy or guidelines are released. It is vital that those organisations providing HIV services and programmes use the most up to date guidance released by UN and other global bodies so that beneficiaries receive the best possible service. An upcoming meeting in this series looks at the new WHO HIV Treatment Guidelines and new UNAIDS Treatment 2015 Framework.
When partners visit the STOPAIDS office, we have a unique chance to hear directly from people living with HIV and working directly with people living with HIV about their experiences and priorities. Their testimony guides and affirms our work and opens our eyes to what more needs to be done.