About the Legal Barriers website

This site was set up and is  maintained by GNP+ as part of its work on the OptTest project.

The work has several component parts

 This site: Barring The Way To Health 

This is a new searchable database which outlines a range of impediments to key populations and others with HIV who seek testing and access to care across 49 countries of Europe and Central Asia that are part of the World Health Organisation (WHO) region. For reasons of efficieny we have excluded having sepearate entries for the mico states of  Andorra, Monaco, and San Marino.

 The OptTEST legal & regulatory barriers 'toolkit

 This will be available and accessible in full by Spring 2017. We hope this will  be of use to anyone who wants to dismantle such barriers in their own country. The toolkit takes a "pick and mix" approach, enabling users to take what they need without wading through an enormous pdf. A series of case studies illustrates how activists, clinicians and other alliances took down specific barriers to HIV testing and treatment in their countries. Tip sheets show how to go about implementing these ideas, or your own, within your country setting. Slide sets will support presentations about the importance of identifying and mitigating barriers, to enable alliances and discussion. Each piece of the toolkit will be separately downloadable and the ideas within them adaptable to differing country circumstances and the original materials will be accompanied by a critical reading list which points the reader to many more existing resources online, with short explanations of their usefulness.

Supplementing the toolkit will be a series of Case Studies on Stigma and how to overcome it. These case studies are the lessons learnt from projects arising from the implementation of the People Living with HIV Stigma Index (www.stigmaindex.org) in several European countries 


We are also indebted to EATG 

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