HIV Outcomes: Beyond Viral Suppression inaugural meeting
|Date / Time||07 December|
|Venue||Renaissance Hotel, Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Brussels
On 7 December, policy-makers and stakeholders from across Europe assembled in Brussels for the launch of a new initatve. ‘HIV Outcomes: Beyond Viral Suppression’ aims to ensure that health systems respond better to the mult-faceted challenges faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV) so that they can live long, actve and healthy lives.
Improving outcomes can lead to health system efficiencies and economic benefits – e.g. by reducing future demand for health services, and enabling PLHIV to make a greater economic contribution – thereby also contributing to social cohesion.
Success in tackling HIV as a public health problem is increasingly being evaluated against countries’ progress towards the global (UNAIDS/WHO) targets for diagnosis, treatment and viral suppression (the 90-90-90 targets) – where considerable efforts continue to be required. At the same time PLHIV (including those who are virally suppressed) face numerous other health and social challenges – many of which receive too little attention in current HIV policy frameworks.
The challenges include life-long, consistent access to patent-centred care (including chronic care and psycho-social support), the prevention and management of an array of other physical and mental health conditions (co-morbidites), as well as obstacles to social inclusion resulting from stigma and discrimination. Effective action to overcome these challenges will both improve outcomes for PLHIV, and speed progress towards the 90-90-90 targets.
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Registration and coffee
Welcome and introduction
- Chair, John Bowis, OBE
- Nikos Dedes, “Beyond viral suppression” Steering Group Co-Chair (Board Member, European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG))
The need for a new paradigm – “Beyond viral suppression”
Towards patient-centred health and social care systems for PLHIV
- Jackie Morton, Chair of European AIDS Treatment Group (EATG)
What kind of health services delivery reconfiguration is needed to improve outcomes for PLHIV?
- Prof. Jane Anderson, “Beyond viral suppression” Steering Group Co-Chair (Homerton University Hospital)
- Prof. Stéphane De Wit, Saint-Pierre Hospital Clinic Brussels
HIV, ageing, and co-morbidities: the challenges ahead
- Leen Meulenbergs, WHO Representative to the EU
Call to action: “Beyond viral suppression: Improving outcomes for people living with HIV”
- Nikos Dedes, “Beyond viral suppression” Steering Group Co-Chair (Board Member, EATG)
Moderated by Chair, John Bowis
Taking action to deliver on policy goals: connecting national, regional and local
- Ricardo Baptista Leite MP, Portugal
Health system performance and HIV: improving outcomes, access and efficiency
The EU agenda on health system performance
- Sylvain Giraud, Head of Unit, DG SANTE B1 – Health Systems, European Commission
Interim report: “Beyond viral suppression: Improving outcomes and health system innovation for PLHIV”
- Prof. Jeffrey Lazarus, “Beyond viral suppression” Steering Group Co-Chair (IS Global)
- Anna-Liisa Pääsukene, Adviser, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs
- Bertrand Audoin, Vice-President, International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC)
Moderated by Chair, John Bowis
Conclusions and next steps
- MEP Eva Kaili (Greece, Socialists & Democrats)
- Steering Group Co-Chairs: Nikos Dedes, Jane Anderson, Jeffrey Lazarus