ViiV Healthcare's Positive Action Europe Applications for 2018 grants Scheme
Positive Action Europe opens its fifth yearly grant cycle with £250,000 made available to fund European projects that deliver education, support services and care for people living with HIV.
ViiV Healthcare announces the opening of the 2018 Positive Action Europe grant cycle as of 25th October 2017. Patient organisations are invited to submit their applications for 2018 funding before 8th February 2018. Please select the relevant link below to apply for a grant and view the guidance document.
Since the launch of Positive Action Europe in 2014, the amount available to patient organisations has risen by 150%.
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.
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  10 facts on HIV/AIDS http://www.who.int/features/factfiles/hiv/en/ [last accessed September 2017]
2 – ECDC  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  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]