AFEW Got Donation to Martine de Schutter Scholarship Fund

16,000 EUR is the amount of donation that AFEW International has got to Martine de Schutter Scholarship Fund from ViiV Healthcare UK Ltd. Initially, the Fund was launched to support participants from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in attending the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). The donation from ViiV Healthcare became the first donation after AIDS 2018.

The financing received from Viiv will be used as an effective tool for the EECA scientists, clinicians, community professionals and activists for bringing challenges of EECA region on international agenda and learning from their peers through participation in the international conferences.

Before the 22nd International AIDS Conference, Martine de Schutter Scholarship Fund raised 103,000 EUR to cover the additional scholarships of the EECA applicants to come to Amsterdam for AIDS 2018. The Fellowship Commission of the International AIDS Society (IAS) distributed part of the funds of the Martine de Schutter Fund to participants from EECA. In total, 149 scholarships were granted to delegates from the EECA region or 13% of all IAS scholarships, which means a four-fold increase in comparison to AIDS 2016, and 1.7 increase in comparison to AIDS 2010 conferences.

 

Martine de Schutter Scholarship Fund Launched

AFEW International sets up Martine de Schutter Scholarship Fund that allows participants from Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA) to attend the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). Martine’s commitment to the international fight against AIDS and her unwavering support to the Eastern European region has set an example for us to follow. That is why AFEW International established the Scholarship Fund named after Martine de Schutter – our friend and fellow activist.

As of today, Martine de Schutter Fund raised 103.000 EUR to cover the additional scholarships of the EECA applicants to come to Amsterdam for AIDS 2018. A part of the Martine de Schutter Fund has been distributed to the applicants from EECA through the established Scholarship Committee of the International AIDS Society (IAS) of which 45 are regular scholarships and 20 – for speakers who will be invited from the EECA region. AFEW thanks Gilead, Janssen Cilag, Deutsche AIDS-Stiftung and Aidsfonds for their contribution to this Fund.

Martine de Schutter was a strong advocate for human rights. For about 10 years she managed the European network AIDS Action Europe, which connects more than 400 AIDS organizations throughout Europe and Central Asia. Martine worked with dedication and passion to keep the AIDS problem on the agenda at the European Union and to connect all organisations working on the same issues in Eastern Europe. In 2014, Martine became the Program Leader for Bridging the Gaps: Health and Rights for Key Populations program. She travelled a lot and her last trip was to AIDS 2014 Conference in Melbourne on the MH17 plane that was shot down and crashed.