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ECDC leads visit to assess the HIV situation in Greece

28 May 2012

Following an invitation from Greek authorities, a team of experts from the ECDC Programme for HIV/AIDS, Sexually Transmitted and Blood-borne infections, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) and the WHO Regional Office for Europe will visit Greece on 28 and 29 May 2012. The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) will join the mission as observers.

The purpose of the joint ECDC, EMCDDA and WHO country visit to Greece is to provide an evidence-based assessment of the rapidly increasing trend in HIV infections among people who inject drugs and to assess the overall HIV situation in Greece. This technical mission aims to inform a High Level Meeting on Migration and HIV organised by the Greek Health Ministry on 21 June 2012.

During the two-day visit, the expert team will meet and discuss with Greek public health officials and representatives of non-governmental organisations to get an understanding of the on-going HIV situation, the characteristics of the Greek Health system, and the response to the increasing reports of HIV infections.

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