Who We Are

Visionary approaches and partnerships for sexual health, mental health and social wellbeing

Our Mission

International HIV Partnerships (IHP) builds and implements visionary advances towards sexual health, mental health and social  wellbeing.

We forge partnerships for action and platforms for dialogue, resource sharing, mutual mentorship and planning, with other community, clinical, research, government and industry leaders.

We are an effective project generator, think tank, consultancy, networking, mentorship and administrative resource.

We engage with a wide range of UK and international partners to develop successful responses to HIV, hepatitis and interrelated  sexual and mental health issues, which address the documented concerns of key populations most impacted by these issues.

Our Vision

Our highest goal is sexual health, mental health and social wellbeing for all. IHP (and ReShape) work toward this goal through our programmes and activities, with the cooperation of our partners, bringing funding and focussed attention to regions and key affected populations.

We work with and for those most impacted by HIV, hepatitis, and interrelated diseases, with a specific focus on marginalised and/or vulnerable populations.

In accordance with the 2017 Paris Community Declaration, we insist on “Nothing about us without us.” We fight for inclusivity, understanding, social justice and change.

Global access to resources for sexual health; HIV, hepatitis, TB and STI treatment and diagnostics for all.

This includes:

  • Combination prevention/protection in synergistic relationships, through community mobilisation, to implement best possible practices for key affected populations;
  • Safe and frequent community-friendly testing for HIV, hepatitis, TB and STIs;
  • Quick linkage to treatment and care; Access to PEP and PrEP and male and female condoms and lubricant,

  • Prevention of vertical transmission from mother to child; Immunisation for HBV and HPV; Harm reduction for sexual- and substance-related problematic practices.

Our 2019 Aims

Manifest the transformative 21st century social and scientific developments in HIV and hepatitis: combination prevention/protection, broader access to effective treatments and diagnostics, TasP, U=U and PrEP

Undermine the foundations of stigma, self-stigma and discrimination, which are based in dated 20th century thinking, fear and misunderstanding

Encourage a strategic focus on key affected population issues and promote safe places, information sharing, mutual mentoring and collaborations

Challenge austerity and promote strategies to rebuild faltering health economies.

In 2012 IHP convened ReShape, a think tank to reshape the response to new and longstanding challenges and opportunities like PrEP and HCV drug access, ageing, chemsex, combination prevention, sexual health and social well-being.

IHP and ReShape are linked, not for profit, Community Interest Companies (CIC) registered in England and Wales.

Our activities are governed by our board, Marc Ennals and Ben Collins, and coordinated by our secretariat, consisting of two staff − Ben Collins (Founder and Director), and Nia Dunbar (Communications Lead), with a growing group of UK and international volunteers, consultants and partners, including Sylvie Beaumont, Adam Schultz, Stephen Pelton, Bryan Teixeira.

The Secretariat

THe team

Ben Collins

Ben Collins

Director

Nia Dunbar

Nia Dunbar

Communications Lead

Stephen Pelton

Stephen Pelton

Grant Writer

COnsultants

Sylvie Beaumont

Sylvie Beaumont

ReShape Project Consultant


Sylvie's Bio

Based in France, Sylvie has been working on issues relating to HIV since the late 80s when she started work as a volunteer to translate some of the vital information coming out of the English-speaking world into French.

She eventually joined  NAM/aidsmap in the 90s as international editor and worked on the development of a multilingual platform aiming to facilitate networking, and information sharing between HIV organisations across the world.

Since 2014, she has worked closely with International HIV Partnership and ReShape, its UK sister organisation, on a variety of projects.

She also carries on working on the development of multilingual platforms specialising in HIV as well as knowledge sharing and content distribution platforms on a variety of international projects.

Bryan Teixeira, PhD

Bryan Teixeira, PhD

Consultant

Bryan's Bio

Bryan has been active in the HIV and sexual health field for over 30 years. He has worked on the frontline, been on the Board of a regional HIV service organisation, and served for 11 years as a CEO of NAZ in London. Since 2012, he has been working as a freelance consultant assisting with HIV policy research and development relative to key vulnerable populations, and supporting the senior management and governance of HIV organisations. Bryan also has extensive experience in high-level, multi-stakeholder meeting facilitation.

Our background

 

IHP’s founder, Ben Collins, was involved in 1980’s-90’s HIV response at San Francisco’s Project Inform, the world’s first HIV treatment and information advocacy organization. He launched HIVTRI, a clinical training initiative, with Dr Mike Youle in Europe in 2005.

IHP was founded in 2010 for HIV treatment/diagnostic access and advocacy with isolated HIV clinicians and community activists in underserved regions including Central and Southeast Europe (C&SEE).

We launched the Network of Low HIV Prevalence Countries (NeLP) in C&SEE in collaboration with EATG and local community leaders.

We developed ECReCo (the European Clinical Research Course), an annual training for often isolated HIV clinicians, with EACS, now an intrinsic part of EACS’ global HIV Summer School.

As access issues became less acute in C&SEE, our focus broadened to treatment access, combination prevention and testing across WHO Europe and, when possible, MENA and beyond.

Meetings we’ve coordinated: Community Testing in Turkey; ME & C&SEE Cross-Regional Exchange; 1st International/5th National Conference, HIV/AIDS, Iran; HIV/AIDS in Islamic-majority settings, Malaysia; two national clinical trainings in India.

Today, 21st century scientific and public health advances portend the end of HIV and HCV as major issues and could undermine the bases for stigma and discrimination. Yet, we lack the social and political will to manifest those advances in key regions in WHO Europe and elsewhere.

ReShape’s think tanks, advocacy work and goal to reshape and re-power the HIV and hepatitis response has enhanced IHP’s own response capacity and vision. We are now focused towards broader goals of sexual health, mental health and social wellbeing for all, while always maintaining a focus on key affected populations and their care providers.

Ben Collins, co-chairs European HIV/Hepatitis Testing Week (ETW), serves on the advisory board of EU’s INTEGRATE, serves on the scientific committee for EACS’ WAVE and ICRSE’s health advisory group, and is an EATG and AAE member. ReShape and IHP are the secretariat for the European Chemsex Forum and United 4 PrEP in the UK.

IHP is increasingly active in international policy discussions and has expanded mutual mentoring opportunities amongst both developing and experienced organisers.

Our Volunteer programme

We are blessed with supporters and advisers who work with us pro bono. We welcome volunteers to develop a project or an internship

We are currently looking for volunteers for the Chemsex Forum in Paris, November 2019.  Please email hello@ihp.hiv if you would like to apply to volunteer