PRAKSIS in the HIV / AIDS Forum of the EU Civil Society

Thursday, 10 July 2014 Categories: Networking


PRAKSIS is a new IDPC member

On July 2014 PRAKSIS was accepted as an official network member in the International Drug Policy Consortium (IDPC). IDPC is one of the biggest and more reliable networks worldwide that works on drug policy, giving many opportunities for networking with many organizations, sending and receiving information and providing excellent tools for policy making and advocacy on drug issues.
More on the IDPC you can find in PRAKSIS announcements but also if you go straigth to the network's webpage:

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W​​hat is AIDS Action Europe?

​AIDS Action Europe was established in 2004 and has grown to be one of the largest HIV-related networks in the region. ​The network reaches beyond the borders of the European Union and covers all 53 countries in Europe and Central Asia. AAE's mission is to bring together civil society to work towards a more effective response to the HIV epidemic in Europe and Central Asia. Members of ​the network comprise a diversity of about 450 NGOs, national networks, AIDS service organisations, activists and community based groups of people living with HIV.​ PRAKSIS has been a member of this broad network of civil society organizations since 2012.

​Through advocacy and agenda-setting at global, European, national and local levels, AIDS Action Europe influences HIV policies​, ensur ​ing​ that the voices of NGOs are heard by policy makers, European institutions and key stakeholders. ​AAE co-chairs the EU HIV/AIDS Civil Society Forum and is a member of the EU HIV/AIDS Think Tank. Other channels used are EU presidencies and international meetings. Minutes of each of the above mentioned meetings can be found here.

Recently there was an open call among member-organizations in order to renew the Steering Committee of AAE. It was recently announced that in the new SC and for the next three years PRAKSIS's advocacy officer, Marianella Kloka, will be part (among others).



PRAKSIS appointed as national focal point to EuroHRN

The European Harm Reduction Network (EuroHRN) has been recently formed by ten organisations with a shared interest in advocating for and sharing knowledge on harm reduction within Europe. It is made up of three sub-regional networks covering North, South and Eastern Europe and managed by a coordinator based at the International Harm Reduction Association.

In the scope of this initiative, APDES is the lead organization of the South Europe Sub-Regional Network with the support of AFR (France), where are included the countries from the South (Portugal, Spain, France, Belgium, Switzerland, Greece, Cyprus, Italy). In each country, the EuroHRN counts with the representation of a Focal Point, an NGO who can function as contact and reference point in their respective country. The focal points can be approached from time to time to provide country specific information, to mediate to other experts in the field and to cooperate in the development of specific project activities.

APDES has appointed PRAKSIS as national focal point concerning Greece. We are fully aware of the responsibilities emerged by this invitation. At the same time we do appreciate this movement as it provides us with the opportunity to collaborate in a closest way with the EuroHRN. Harm Reduction interventions are very delicate issues and not always easy to implement due to burocratic, economic or political reasons. Under this frame we feel that EuroHRN will be very supportive to all key factors such as institutions, experts and civil society.

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Press conference for the Campaign regarding the “Access to Asylum “.


The Campaign for "Access to Asylum " in Greece has conducted several autopsies in six detention centers as well as in police detention facilities since the beginning of 2014. During the aforementioned autopsies, the responsible discussed not only with the police, but also with the detainees and prisoners, including minors, and found a number serious prisoners' rights violations, both in terms of access to asylum and of their conditions of detention.

The main outcome of these autopsies is the fact that in Greece, access to Asylum is still problematic. The conditions of detention regarding refugees and migrants, including minors and extremely vulnerable cases, are extremely hard, inhuman and humiliating (the latter has been also judged by the European Court of Human Rights), they become even more unbearable due to the unacceptable practice of many months of detention, which now exceed the legal allowable limit of eighteen (18) months.

A press conference is going to be organized tomorrow, Thursday, October 23, 2014, at 12.00, in the hall of the Athens Bar Association (Academy 60), regarding the announcement of the results and in particular the recommendations to the authorities. PRAKSIS, as a member organization of the initiative, invites you to attend this press conference.


Praksis as a member of the European Alliance for Public Health

Praksis had the honour to be accepted as a member of the European Alliance for Public Health (EPHA) during the General Assembly that took place in early September in Brussels, where the organization presented its fields of action and challenge, its structures as well as its full potential in Greece.


EPHA is a nucleus for change and improvement of the landscape of public health in Europe, which has as its main target the improvement of public health programs in Europe that can be achieved through the collaboration among organizations of civil society , patient groups as well as health professionals. Furthermore, the vision of EPHA and its associated bodies includes the ongoing ability of health systems to cope with several challenges as well as to facilitate the access of each individual to the aforementioned systems and as a result to benefit the latter in the best way possible. In addition to that, its values is equality and solidarity, sustainability and universality of access, respect to diversity and to proper governance.

EPHA has been the leader of a recent success that included the portfolio’s restoration of the Pharmaceutical Industry from the field of Entrepreneurship (DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs) to the field of Health (DG SANCO) inside the Council of Europe. In this way, the person responsible for the issues related to the operation of the pharmaceutical industry is the Commissioner of Health, Mr. Vytenis Andriukaitis instead of Mrs. Elzbieta Bienkowska, the Home Affairs Commissioner , Industry and Entrepreneurship .

More information for the European Alliance for Public Health can be found on

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