Webinars

As part of our efforts to provide the #EuroTestWeek network with educational resources, in addition to the ETW materials and success stories, we are happy to also host interactive webinars that highlight testing experiences and the latest data from the WHO European region. 

ETW hosted its first webinars during the May 2019 Spring ETW. Both webinars can be viewed below.

 

For the lead up to the 2019 November ETW, the initiative will host one webinar each month from September to November. 


What is planned for Autumn 2019?

The next #EuroTestWeek webinar is planned for Tuesday, 29 October from 14:00-14:30 CET. 

Title: HIV and viral hepatitis community-based testing in low threshold settings: European experiences

Brief description of webinar: This webinar will provide information on establishing and maintaining integrated testing for viral hepatitis and HIV through community services in low threshold organisations. Service providers will gain a better understanding of what community testing is, and the challenges when establishing integrated testing for viral hepatitis and HIV with medical workers or with peer workers (lay providers) in community services. The webinar will inform about the potential barriers and issues between both types of service provision and present good practice examples from select sites in Europe who have successfully overcome barriers in implementing community testing in low threshold organisations.

This webinar will also examine current EU policies and testing guidelines, including the 2015 WHO consolidated guidelines on HIV testing services and the 2018 ECDC guidance on testing for viral hepatitis and HIV, and identified best practices to support testing in low threshold settings.

Brief presenter bio: Jason Farrell works as a project officer for Correlation Network. He is responsible for HCV prevention capacity building, providing training and program support for Correlation Network’s member organisations involved in HCV-community testing.

The format of the webinar will be a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for Questions and Answers. Participants will be able to submit questions before and during the webinar. If you have questions for the presenter beforehand, please submit them to the ETW secretariat at eurotest.rigshospitalet@regionh.dk.

 


How can you participate?

For the October webinar, we kindly ask everyone who is interested in joining to register for the webinar here or copy/paste the following web address into your browser: https://bit.ly/2Mg09Pk

 


Is there a fee to participate?

No, the webinars will be completely free

 

Questions? Email us at eurotest.rigshospitalet@regionh.dk 

 

Past Webinars

September 2019

Our third webinar "Moving towards integration: ECDC public health guidance on HIV, hepatitis B and C testing in the EU/EEA" occurred on Tuesday, 24 September 2019 from 13:00-13:30 CEST. Anastasia Pharris of the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) provided an introduction of the development of the 2018 ECDC public health guidance and presented the recommendations in implementing integrated testing for HIV and viral hepatitis.

Brief description of webinar: In 2018, European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published an update to their 2010 guidance on HIV testing, extending the document to include testing for viral hepatitis. This guidance aims to provide European countries with an evidence-based framework to help develop, implement, monitor and evaluate their own national HBV, HCV and HIV testing guidelines and programmes. It offers a range of evidence-based and expert reviewed options for designing testing interventions in a variety of settings and populations and supports the concepts of diversifying and integrating testing services.

Presenter bio: Anastasia Pharris is an Expert in HIV at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) in Stockholm, Sweden. She is a nurse with Masters degrees in public health and community health nursing and a PhD in public health. Over the last 20 years, she has worked on clinical and public health aspects of HIV in the USA, Uganda, Zambia, Vietnam, Sweden and, now, at the European level. At ECDC, she is responsible for HIV surveillance within the countries of the European Union. She also provides technical support to countries in Europe on the HIV continuum of care and modelled estimates of HIV incidence and time from infection to HIV diagnosis.

She has led several ECDC country visits for technical support to local authorities and ECDC scientific guidance projects on the prevention of infections among people who inject drugs and men who have sex with men.

The webinar was recorded and will be shared for viewing. Please check this space again for a link to the video. 


May 2019

To help launch the 2019 Spring European Testing Week, EuroTEST and ETW hosted two free live webinars. These two webinars showcased testing experiences from Southern Europe and the United Kingdom.

The first webinar, “High contribution, low public funding: Southern European Checkpoints' role in HIV detection in 4 countries,” was presented by Miguel Rocha of Grupo de Ativistas em Tratamentos (GAT)/CheckpointLX.

Miguel Rocha is a community health nurse working at GAT’s (treatment activists group) Portugal community-based sexual health centre for MSM – CheckpointLX – since 2012.

Miguel presented on how Checkpoints in Southern Europe have contributed to increases in testing uptake among MSM and diagnose HIV patients earlier than clinical services despite barriers in obtaining public funding.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2OsZvBc

 

The second webinar, “Introducing a free HIV self testing service: Terrence Higgins Trust’s experience offering HIV self test kits online,” was presented by Will Howells and Taku Mukiwa of Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).

Will Howells is Head of Digital and Taku Mukiwa is Head of Social Marketing at Terrence Higgins Trust (THT). THT is the leading HIV and sexual health charity in the UK and the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services, running services out of local centres across Great Britain.

Taku and Will presented on Terrence Higgins Trust’s experience of setting up and delivering a UK-based programme offering free HIV self-testing kits online to most at-risk communities.

To watch the webinar, click here or copy/paste the following address into your web browser: https://bit.ly/2ZdfLuf

 

After you have viewed the webinar, we would appreciate your feedback through a very short questionnaire. It will only take an estimated 5 minutes to complete: https://is.gd/SpringWebinars

Questions? Email us at eurotest.rigshospitalet@regionh.dk