Monitoring implementation of the European Commission Communication and Action Plan for combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and neighbouring countries, 2009–2013
This interim report summarises the progress made on implementing the policy priorities contained in a European Commission Communication entitled Combating HIV/AIDs in the European Union and neighbouring countries, 2009–2013. It identifies the areas in which further progress is required and sets out specific recommendations.
The report is based on information and feedback from a number of interested parties and reflects the contributions of a wide range of individuals and organisations.
This interim report on the implementation of the European Commission (EC) Communication and Action Plan to address HIV in the European Union (EU) and neighbouring countries concludes that the Communication and Action Plan have had an important impact across Europe, for example by supporting initiatives to expand targeted HIV prevention services for populations most affected by HIV, including men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, migrant populations and sex workers.
The aim of the Communication on Combating HIV/AIDS in the European Union and Neighbouring Countries, 2009 -2013 and the Action Plan is to:
- contribute to a decrease of new HIV infections in the EU/EEA and neighbouring countries by 2013,
- improve access to prevention, treatment, care and support
- improve quality of life for people living with or affected by HIV.
Given the continued transmission of HIV in Europe, prevention remains a key priority across EU/EEA countries, despite the availability of effective treatment.
ECDC reviewed data collected through a monitoring and evaluation framework that was designed upon the request of the European Commission through consultation with the Commission, the EU Think Tank on HIV/AIDS and the EU Civil Society Forum on HIV/AIDS. The report uses the framework to analyse support to the Commission Communication and Action Plan in terms of financial inputs (e.g. funding of health programmes or supporting key international organisation like UNAIDS) and non-financial inputs like the political engagement of the EU Presidencies and actions taken in response to them. The report also analyses the effects of these inputs and actions across the region.
In addition to identifying the benefits of the Communication and Action Plan, the report also shows areas asking for intensified focus, including the need to further improve political leadership on HIV across the EU and neighbouring countries or possible funding of Non-Governmental Organisations. The report also provides a number of practical recommendations for the European Commission and its partners to improve the implementation, monitoring and future evaluation of the Communication and Action Plan.
The final report on the implementation of the EC Action Plan will be published in 2013 and will include results on national actions and impacts as part of monitoring the Dublin Declaration. This will allow further analysis of the extent to which Commission support is aligned with country needs, priorities and efforts to address HIV.
The use of evidence in decision making during public health emergencies
26 Jul 2019 - This report is based upon a workshop (expert consultation) on 5–6 December 2018. The workshop sought to identify and address the links between scientific evidence and decision-making in public health emergencies, and to address the key challenges faced by public health experts when advising decision makers.
Syphilis and congenital syphilis in Europe - A review of epidemiological trends (2007–2018) and options for response
12 Jul 2019 - Since 2010, syphilis notification rates in the EU/EAA have been on the increase, but in recent years this trend seems to accelerate, predominantly among men having sex with men. Similar trends have been observed in high-income countries outside the EU/EAA. While the overall trend remained relatively stable, outbreaks or clusters of syphilis cases have also been reported among heterosexual populations in the EU/EEA. In several high-income countries (e.g. USA, Japan), increases in congenital syphilis occurred in connection with increases in syphilis notifications among women.
Collection and analysis of whole genome sequencing data from food-borne pathogens and other relevant microorganisms isolated from human, animal, food, feed and food/feed environmental samples in the joint ECDC–EFSA molecular typing database
29 May 2019 - This report identifies and compares potential platforms/solutions for the set-up and running of a joint ECDC–EFSA database to collect and analyse whole genome sequencing (WGS) data for Listeria monocytogenes, Salmonella and Escherichia coli. In particular, WGS introduces the need for specific components for storage and analysis of these data.