Stop AIDS Alliance

Brussels, Geneva and Washington

Stop AIDS Alliance is a joint partnership between the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and STOP AIDS NOW! and is located in Brussels, Geneva and Washington DC.

Through engaging with EU and U.S policy makers, EU Institutions, United Nations agencies and other relevant stakeholders, we aim to ensure that the HIV response remains a high priority on the global policy agenda to achieve universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. Our presence in the three main global policy centres as well as in the Netherlands and the UK aims to contribute to harmonized HIV policy messages, building linkages between advocacy groups active in the different locations and voicing the concerns and needs of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance’s and STOP AIDS NOW! partners working in the field.

Stop AIDS Alliance’s offices in Brussels, Geneva and Washington D.C. focus on common and location-specific policy work, based on the following objectives:

  • Strong and targeted political support for HIV
  • AIDS sensitive approaches to health systems strengthening strategies
  • Effective integration of HIV in development cooperation policies
  • Increased financing and improved aid effectiveness for the HIV response
 

KEY ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Become the main focal point for EU policy makers in Brussels when they require input on HIV/AIDS issues in new EU development policies and strategies
  • Strengthened influence in other EU Member States through chairmanship of the cross European HIV working group of Concord
  • Contributed to the development of a comprehensive European Programme for Action to Confront HIV/AIDS, Malaria and Tuberculosis
  • Played a strong role in the creation of EU Task Teams for the implementation of the Programme for Action
 

WHAT WE DO

Human Rights and Universal Access

While protecting and promoting human rights has obvious merit in and of itself, the HIV pandemic has brought into stark relief the added and compelling justification of public health imperatives for safeguarding human rights. 

Community and Health system strengthening

The WHO’s definition of a health system and health systems strengthening (HSS) relates primarily to the development of national public health systems. The essential role that civil society and communities play in mobilizing people to access health services, providing health services to marginalized and difficult to reach populations in the absence of, or in partnership with, government services, and in particular the role they play in providing care and support to community members has become evident in the field of HIV.

Social Protection

There has been a growing recognition over the past decade of the importance of social protection as an approach for responding to a range of challenges faced by developing countries, including food insecurity, chronic poverty and the affects of HIV.

Increased Funding

Ensuring sustained political and financial support for the Global Fund to fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria is one of SAA's key priorities. SAA also works to promote a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) that would channel additional resources for reaching the health MDGs.

 

FUTURE PLANS

SAA will continue to ensure that HIV/AIDS remains a high priority on the global development agenda and will bring the lessons learned of the HIV response to the political debate around health systems strengthening.

Through its recent expansion to Geneva and Washington DC, it seeks to have a greater and coordinated impact on HIV/AIDS related policies of all key actors in the sector.