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EXPERT GROUP ON HIV, TB AND ASSOCIATED INFECTIONS

Background, composition, objectives, activities, documents and members

Background

The spreading of HIV, TB and associated infections (AI) continues to pose challenges to enhancing social and health conditions within the Northern Dimension Area. As the extent of policies towards HIV, TB and AI varies among the Partner Countries, the need to share experiences and expertise in prevention, health education, case management and testing is considerable. The Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS places great emphasis on improving the co-operation and co-ordination in the prevention of communicable diseases, such as HIV, tuberculosis, and AI. From 2004 until mid-2010, activities in this area were fostered by the then Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and from mid-2010 until October 2015 by the Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and AI. The meeting documents of these groups can, respectively, be found here and here.

Following the adoption of the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, which define objectives, results and linked to them concrete activities, in October 2015 the NDPHS Committee of Senior Representatives (CSR) converted the Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and AI to the Expert Group on HIV, TB and AI by adopting new Terms of Reference for it and tasking it, separately or jointly with other relevant NDPHS Expert Groups, with the facilitation and implementation of the Objective 1: Reduced impact of HIV, TB and AI among key populations at risk, including prisoners, through strengthened prevention and access to treatment as specified in the NDPHS Strategy 2020.

Finally, the Expert Group will, together with other bodies of the NDPHS, contribute to achieving the Horizontal results defined in the Action Plan accompanying the NDPHS Strategy 2020.

Composition

The HIV, TB & AI Expert Group is comprised of high-level experts who come from national ministries and agencies of Partner Countries and Organisations, the research community, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other relevant parties. The Expert Group’s work is led by the Lead Partner (Finland), supported in discharging its responsibilities by the Co-Lead Partner (Poland). The list of the members of the Expert Group on HIV, TB & AI is provided further down.

All eligible stakeholders are welcome to provide input to the HIV, TB & AI Expert Group's current and future activities. External experts may also be invited to participate in the group’s meetings, as appropriate.

Aims and functions

In accordance with the above mentioned Declaration concerning the establishment of a NDPHS, under the guidance of the CSR, an Expert Group may have an advisory role and/or provide professional input to the preparation and implementation of joint activities carried out within the framework of the Partnership. Also, the Declaration permits Expert Groups to “facilitate professional exchanges, increase co-ordination among Partners and Participants and monitor joint activities within their area of expertise.” Consistent with these provisions, the Expert Group has the following functions:
 

Role and objectives

The main role of the HIV/AIDS&AI Expert Group is to act as the focal point for national inputs from the Partner Countries and Organisations on issues concerning HIV/AIDS and AI. The Expert Group’s focus is on surveillance, awareness-raising and policy development, as well as treatment and prevention. The Group works towards containment of the spread of HIV/AIDS and AI and, in accordance with the NDPHS Strategy, aims to contribute to the achievement of the two following goals: (i) improved prevention of HIV/AIDS and related diseases, and (ii) integration of social and health care services for HIV- infected individuals and people with TB and with AI. Within these strategic goals, the responsibilities of the HIV/AIDS&AI Expert Group include, but are not limited to, the following:


Activities

The Expert Group's activities follow the priorities set out in the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the Action Plan accompanying it, and the expected results as duly agreed for the Expert Group in the above mentioned Terms of Reference, and are being implemented in accordance with the NDPHS Annual Work Plan for 2016.

Presently, the Group's activities include:
 

Meetings

The HIV, TB & AI Expert Group holds on average 2 meetings per year. Specific information about forthcoming and past meetings, including meeting documents and minutes can be accessed on the Expert Group meetings web page.

Documents and minutes of the formerly operating Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and the Expert Group on HIV/AIDS and AI can, respectively, be found here and here.

Calendar

View all calendar events of relevance to the HIV, TB&AI Expert Group. Learn more about other sections of our Calendar.

Progress reports

Every year the NDPHS Expert Groups prepare progress reports. These reports are prepared in accordance with the Template for monitoring and reporting of the NDPHS progress and are submitted to every autumn CSR meeting and/or PAC event (they can be download here). With reference to the NDPHS Strategy 2020 and the accompanying NDPHS Action Plan, they, inter alia, present the progress towards the agreed targets and take stock of achievements made, as well as describe further action required, obstacles encountered and, finally, the sustainability and expected long-term impact of the group’s activities.

Further information 

Visit the NDPHS Database, which provides a growing number of papers (publications, newsletters, etc.) and projects, dealing with HIV/AIDS, TB and AI issues. It also provides a pool of organisations and experts, which have been working in the area of HIV/AIDS, TB and associated infections. The Database contains four sections. By clicking the links below, you will gain direct access to HIV/AIDS, TB and AI activities and expertise in the NDPHS Database, sorted by:
 


Please note that you can also submit your own information on HIV, TB and other related activities to the Database (read more).

Members 

Chairperson

Mr. Ali Arsalo
Kevi Consulting Pvt Ltd
Kuusijärventie 116
FI-99510 Raudanjoki
Finland
Phone: +358 505376265
E-mail: ali.arsalo@kevicon.fi

Vice-Chairperson

Ms. Anna Marzec-Bogusławska
Director, National AIDS Centre
ul. Samsonowska 1
02-829 Warszawa
Phone: +48 22 331 77 55
Fax: +48 22 331 77 76
E-mail: a.marzec@aids.gov.pl


International Technical Advisor

Ms. Paula Tanhuanpää
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki
Phone: +358 29 524 8183
E-mail: paula.tanhuanpaa@thl.fi

 

Mr. Dmitry Titkov
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki
Phone: +358 29 524 7051
E-mail: dmitry.titkov@thl.fi

Estonia

Ms. Anna-Liisa Pääsukene
Ministry of Social Affairs
Gonsiori 29, 15027 Tallinn
Phone: +372 626 9144
E-mail: Anna-Liisa.Paasukene@sm.ee

Finland

Mr. Mika Salminen
Department of Infectious Disease Surveillance and Control
National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL)
P.O.Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki
Phone: +358 29 524 8454
E-mail: mika.salminen@thl.fi

Alternate(s)

Ms. Sirkku Grierson
Finnish Lung Health Association FILHA
Sibeliuksenkatu 11 A 1
FI-00250 Helsinki
Phone: +358 9 4542120, +358 40 5838934
sirkku.grierson@filha.fi

Mr. Henrikki Brummer-Korvenkontio
National Institute for Health and Welfare
P.O. Box 30
FI-00271 Helsinki
Phone: +358 29 524 8455
henrikki.brummer@thl.fi

Germany

Mr Ulrich Marcus
Department for Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Robert Koch Institute
DGZ-Ring 1
13086 Berlin
Phone: +49 30 187543467
Fax: +49 30 187543533
E-mail: marcusu@rki.de

Alternate(s)

Ms. Lena Fiebig
Robert Koch Institute
Infectious Disease, Epidemiology
DGZ-Ring 1
D-13086 Berlin
+49 30 18754 3297
FiebigL@rki.de

Latvia

Ms. Šarlote Konova
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control,
Duntes iela 22
LV-1005
Phone: + 371 67081620
E-mail: sarlote.konova@spkc.gov.lv

Alternate(s)

Ms Ilze Straume
Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Duntes Street 22
LV-1005 Riga
Phone: +371 6738 7683
E-mail: ilze.straume@spkc.gov.lv

Lithuania

Mr. Saulius Čaplinskas
Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS
Nugalėtojų str. 14D
LT-10105 Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 230 0125
Fax: +370 5 276 7968
E-mail: saulius@ulac.lt

Alternate(s)

Mr. Karolis Lebednikas
Ministry of Health
Vilnius str. 33
LT-01506 Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 2053610
E-mail: karolis.lebednikas@sam.lt

Ms. Irma Čaplinskienė
Centre for Communicable Diseases and AIDS
Nugalėtojų str. 14D
LT-10105 Vilnius
Phone: +370 5 230 0125
Fax: +370 5 276 7968
E-mail: irma@ulac.lt

Norway

Mr. Hans Blystad
Dep. of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Postbox 4404 Nydalen
N-0403 Oslo
Phone: +47 21076404
Fax: +47 21076513
E-mail: hans.blystad@fhi.no

Alternate(s)

Ms. Karin Rønning
Norwegian Institute of Public Health
Phone: +47 21 07 66 31
E-mail: Karin.ronning@fhi.no
 

Poland

Ms. Anna Marzec-Bogusławska
National AIDS Centre
Samsonowska 1 Str.
PL-02-829 Warsaw
Phone: +48 22 331 77 55
Fax: +48 22 331 77 76
E-mail: a.marzec@aids.gov.pl

Sweden

Mr. Torsten Berglund
Public Health Agency of Sweden (PHAS)
Folkhälsomyndigheten, 171 82 SOLNA, Sweden
Phone: +46 10 205 27 64
E-mail: torsten.berglund@folkhalsomyndigheten.se

Alternate(s)

Ms. Monica Ideström
Public Health Agency of Sweden (PHAS)
Folkhälsomyndigheten, 171 82 SOLNA, Sweden
Phone: +4610-205 27 17, +4670-748 81 78
E-mail: monica.idestrom@folkhalsomyndigheten.se

Mr. Jerker Jonsson
Public Health Agency of Sweden (PHAS)
Folkhälsomyndigheten, 171 82 SOLNA, Sweden
Phone: +4610-205 23 81, +4672-370 54 15
E-mail: jerker.jonsson@folkhalsomyndigheten.se

Russia

Ms. Olga Nechaeva
Federal Research Institute for Health Organisation and Informatics of the MoH of RF
Moscow
Phone: +7 495 619 1988
Fax: +7 495 619 3840
E-mail: nechaeva@mednet.ru

Alternate(s)

Ms. Nina Khurieva
Federal Research Institute for Health Organisation and Informatics of the MoH of RF
Moscow
Phone: +7 495 618 2731
E-mail: nkhurieva@mail.ru

World Health Organization

Mr. Pierpaolo de Colombani
WHO Regional Office for Europe
Scherfigsvej 8
DK-2100 Copenhagen
Phone: +45 45336650
E-mail: decolombanip@who.int

Alternate(s)

International Organization for Migration

Mr. Igor Kazanets
IOM, MHD, Moscow
Phone: +7(495)7978722 / 23 ext 130
E-mail: ikazanets@iom.int

 

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