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Positive Action for Europe

Positive Action Europe funds community-based projects that reach those disproportionately affected by HIV, particularly marginalised communities.

ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action Europe Applications for 2018 grants Scheme

Positive Action Europe’s fifth annual grant cycle will award £250,000 to European projects that deliver education, support services and care for people affected by HIV. Our application window is now closed. We aim to let applicant’s know of the outcome of their submission by mid-April 2018.

Since the launch of Positive Action Europe in 2014, the amount available to patient organisations has risen by 150%.

ViiV Healthcare is immensely proud of the Positive Action Europe Programme. So far, the initiative has supported 36 innovative grass roots projects across 22 countries through the four years the fund has been running”

Evelyn Schoedl, Policy, Community & Advocacy Lead Europe, ViiV Healthcare


Last year the programme attracted 78 applications from patient organisations across Europe. To find out more about the 14 community-based programmes that were awarded grants through the Positive Action Europe 2017 programme, please click here.

The contribution that the Positive Action Programme makes to the HIV community increases every year. With 2017 attracting more applications than ever before, we are looking forward to 2018 grants cycle and supporting grass roots projects that make a measurable impact where ethnic, geographical or socio-economic disparities affect those living with HIV the most”

Dr Laura Waters, Consultant HIV Medicine, Central and North West London, NHS Foundation Trust, Positive Action Europe Board Member

HIV in the EU

The HIV epidemic in Europe varies greatly across countries, within countries and across different segments of the population. The Positive Action Europe programme seeks to fund community-based projects that reach those most affected by HIV, particularly in marginalised or vulnerable populations. The programme uses a targeted approach to identify and respond to HIV-related issues at a local-level, supporting projects that are specifically designed to tackle the drivers of HIV in local regions.

Despite the progress made, HIV is still a growing concern:

  • HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in low- and middle-income countries.1
  • Although the number of AIDS cases has continued to decline steadily in the West and the EU/EEA, it has increased by 80% in the East during the last decade.2
  • In 2015, more than 153 000 people were diagnosed with HIV in Europe, the highest number of newly diagnosed infections ever reported in one year.3
  • More than one third (37%) of the total number of people diagnosed in 2015 originated from outside of the reporting country.2
  • Trends by transmission mode show that the number of HIV diagnoses among MSM in countries with consistent reporting has continued to increase in the EU/EEA as a whole.2

To view case studies from previous grantees, please click here.

To view a video from past grantees please click here:



1 -WHO [2017] 10 facts on HIV/AIDS http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/hiv/en/ [last accessed September 2017]

2 – ECDC [2015] HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe http://www.euro.who.int/__data/assets/pdf_file/0019/324370/HIV-AIDS-surveillance-Europe-2015.pdf?ua=1 [last accessed September 2017]

3 – WHO Europe [2016] HIV/AIDS surveillance in Europe 2015 (2016) http://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/communicable-diseases/hivaids/publications/2016/hivaids-surveillance-in-europe-2015-2016 [last accessed September 2017]