Project BORDERNET 2005-2007


2.1. EU Crossing-border partnership


BORDERNET, coordinated by the SPI Research gGmbH, Germany is a cooperation among 13 partners from 6 EU member states – Austria, Germany, Italy, Slovenia, Slovak Republic and Poland. The 3 cross-border neighbouring couples are divided in 4 model regions (two among Germany and Poland, one among Austria and Slovak Republic, one among Italy and Slovenia). The partnership involves among others research institutes, prevention centres, universities, clinics and outpatient public health services, AIDS Help and outreach units.


2.2. Co-ordinator


 SPI Research gGmbH (SPI Forschung gGmbH)

SPI Research gGmbH draws on 20 years of experience in the field of qualitative and quantitative social-scientific research at national and European level. The action frame encompasses applied interdisciplinary research on various health topics, HIV/AIDS and STI prevention and treatment, sexual health, women and AIDS, drug users, sex workers and their clients, migrants and other hard to reach hidden population groups, intervention oriented approach in cooperation with political decision making bodies, evaluation of model intervention programmes. It has coordinated numerous EC partnerships so far.


Contact: SPI-Sozialpädagogisches Institut Forschung gGmbH, Kohlfurter Str.41-43, 10999 Berlin, Germany,
tel: +49-30-2521619 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +49-30-2521619 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, fax:+49-30-2516094,, web site:
Contact persons: Elfriede Steffan, project management, Tzvetina Arsova Netzelmann, transnational coordination 


Model region I — Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany – Zachodnipomorskie, Poland

Regional co-ordination:

MAT-LAKOST (Verein zur Förderung der Prävention im AIDS- und Suchtbereich in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V.)

The mobile AIDS education and prevention team exists since 1991 thanks to the financial support of the Ministry of Social Affairs of the federal province Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. The specific target-group oriented offers address mainly teachers and educators, social workers, medical professionals, multipliers and trainers, students, parents, professionals from handicapped services. Main objectives of the education/prevention activities are deepening of the technical and methodological knowledge, increase of the action and reflection competence, combat of prejudices and fears related to HIV/AIDS


Contact: MAT-LAKOST, Wokrenter Str. 3, 18055 Rostock, Germany,
tel: +49-381-4923463 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +49-381-4923463 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, fax:+49-381-4923503, e-mail:, web site:
Contact person: Kathrin Bever


Regional partners:


  GAOSTV (Gesundheitsamt des Landeskreises Ostvorpommern), Abendrot Project

„Abendrot“, established in October 1995 has main focus of work at prevention and street work in crossing-border prostitution scenes, sexual education and AIDS prevention work in the border areas (together with Polish partners), HIV/STI prevention in schools and youth clubs, further training of multipliers, social workers and teachers, crossing-border public relation work. The target groups encompass sex workers and their clients, lorry drivers and other commuters, students, teachers, educators, parents, associations for youth and women’s work.


Contact: GAOSTV, Abendrot, Pasewalker Allee 23, 17389 Anklam, Germany,
tel: +49-3971-244836 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +49-3971-244836 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, fax:+49-3971-244839, e-mail:
Contact person: Frank Zimmermann



DPSZA (Samodzielny Publiczny Wojewodzki Szpital Zespolony)

The Szcecin public hospital (region of West Pommerania), established by the Marshall administration service has several different departments: infectious diseases, hepatology, endocrinology, cardiology, neurology, transplantation centre etc. Various diagnostic tests and check-ups are carried out, the general and the bacteriological labs acquire national quality certificates. There is a special examination unit for infectious diseases, diagnostic and treatment quality control. The hospital has taken part in various regional and national forums on prevention of AIDS and other infectious diseases, carries out training of medical and paramedical staff.


Contact: DPSZA, Ul. Korsarzy 34, 70-540 Szczecin, Poland,
tel: +48-91-4893905 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting +48-91-4893905 end_of_the_skype_highlighting, fax:+48-91-4893904, e-mail:
Contact person: Mgr. Malgorzata Klys-Rachwalska

Model region II — Brandenburg, Germany – Lubuskie, Poland

Regional co-ordination:

AIDS - Hilfe Potsdam e.V.

The AHP, established in 1991, is the only organisation in the German federal province of Brandenburg representing the interest of HIV positive persons. The main focus of activity is information, counselling and accompanying of persons affected by HIV (anonymous, personal and on telephone); prevention offers for young people and other target groups; public relation work. The AHP is also the coordination unit for the Brandenburg initiative ”Together against AIDS”.


Contact: AIDS-Hilfe Potsdam e.V., Schulstr.9, 14482 Potsdam, Germany,
tel: +49-331-5813227, fax:+49-331-5813228, e-mail:, web site:
Contact person: Sabine Kaschubowski


Regional partners:


Belladonna e.V. Frankfurt (Oder)
(Frauenberatungsstelle Belladonna e.V. Frankfurt Oder)
Belladonna e.V. established in 1990 is a women’s counselling centre providing support to women, prostitutes and female migrants from Eastern Europe victims of violence and human (marriage) trafficking in Brandenburg and Berlin, Germany and in the border region of Poland. The services comprise of short-term crisis intervention, shelter, long-term counselling, accompanying to court, by other juridical procedures and state institutions, referral to lawyers, medical doctors and psychologists, establishing contacts in country of origin, HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, street work, intercultural centre and language courses.


Contact: Fachberatungsstelle Belladonna e.V. Frankfurt/O., PSF 1652, 15236 Frankfurt/Oder, Germany,
tel: +49-335-534988, fax:+49-335-534988 e-mail:, web site: www.
Contact person: Uta Ludwig, Waclawa Haake

University of Zielona Góra (Uniwersitet Zielonogórski)
The University of Zielona Góra, Social Pedagogy Institute, established in 2001 in Lubuskie, Poland has as main purposes education and conduct of scientific researches in the social, humanistic, mathematical, biological and physical domains; education of students in respect of human's rights; dissemination of conquests of science, art and culture. It works with students, scientists, teachers and various professionals developing their qualifications, and with patients in its counselling centre.


Contact: University of Zielona Góra, Social Pedagogy Institute, Youth Counselling and Sex Education Unit, Energetikov str. 2, Zielona Gora, Poland,
tel: +48-68-3282977, fax:+48-68-3282978, e-mail:, web site:
Contact person: Agnieska Felinska

Model region III — Austria – Slovakia

Regional co-ordination:


AIDS - Hilfe Wien

Established in 1997 by private donors and the unanimous resolution for financial support of the Viennese city council, the organisation offers its services in five centres: 1) a counselling centre – multiprofessional team of doctors, psychologists and social workers answer to questions regarding HIV/AIDS, sexuality, partnerships, and offer anonymous and free HIV-testing; 2) a day-care centre with kitchen, dining and living room area, encouraging social contacts among the clients; 3)an active centre with gymnastic room and various course offers; 4) self-help centre collaborating with other HIV/AIDS projects; 5) prevention and education centre with various workshop and training offers. The organisation carries out many public relations activities, among which AIDS social advertising campaigns.


Contact: AIDS-Hilfe Wien, Präventionsabteilung, Mariahilfer Gürtel 4, 1060 Vienna, Austria, TeL: +431 319 45 05 35; Fax: +431 595 37717, e-mail:, website:
Contact person: Frank Amort


Regional partners:

National Reference Centre (NRC) for HIV/AIDS Prevention, Slovak Medical University

The NRC was established in 1994 by the Slovak Ministry of Health on the Institute of Preventive and Clinical Medicine. It carries out screening and confirmatory (from the whole Slovak Republic) HIV testing including pre-and post- test counselling, AIDS helpline, epidemiological data collection, surveillance studies in groups with high risk behaviour in the cooperation with GOs and NGOs, HIV prevention and education programmes for students in medicine. From 1997 NRC is working under the external control of CDC (Centre for Disease Control, Atlanta, USA) in the field of serological diagnostic of HIV/AIDS.


Contact: Slovak Medical university, NRC for HIV/AIDS, Limbova 12, 883301 Bratislava, Slovakia,
tel: +42-12-59369172, fax:+42-12-59369587, e-mail:, web site:
Contact person: Dr. Danica Staneková

Model region IV — Italy – Slovenia

Regional co-ordination:


Region Veneto, Office for International Public and Social Affairs
(Regione Veneto, Giunta Regionale)

Region Veneto, Office for International Public and Social Affairs (Regione Veneto, Giunta Regionale)
The Veneto Regional Centre for Health Promotion (CRRPS) was established in 2001 as part of the public health system of the Veneto Region responsible for guiding health planning and evaluation in the area of health promotion. It operates mainly at Regional level, but also facilitates the development of specific programmes carried out by the Health Education Offices of the 21 Local Health Units in the Veneto Region and participates in European Projects. The Centre’s aim is to promote good health through the empowerment of individuals, groups and communities. Its activities include training, research, dissemination of health-related information and policy advisory activities.


Contact: CRRPS, Via Marconi 27 f, 37122 Verona, Italy,
tel: +39-045-8012242, fax:+39-045-8008011, e-mail:, web site:
Contact person: Dr. Jean-Pierre Foschia


Regional partners:

Regional Institute of Public Health Maribor (RIPHM)
(Zavod za Zdravstveno Varstvo Maribor)

The Public Health Institute, the biggest regional institute of its kind in Slovenia, has expertise in social medicine, hygiene, infectious disease and environmental health. As part of the Institute, the Centre of public health and health promotion was established in 1998. It consists of social medicine and project departments covering public health statistics, health analysis, epidemiology of non-infectious diseases and health education and implements the national programme of public health in the region. It also monitors the data related to the infrastructure of the public and private health care and forwards them to the National Public Health Institute, National statistical office as also to the Ministry of health.


Contact: RIPHM, Regional Centre of Public Health and Health Promotion, Prvomajska ulica 1, 2000 Maribor, Slovenia,
tel: +38-6-24602317, fax:+38-6-24622234, e-mail:, web site:
Contact person: Igor Krampac,

Further partners:

Robert Koch Institute (RKI), Berlin, Germany

The Robert Koch Institute (RKI) is the central federal institution of Germany responsible for disease control and prevention. Main tasks are detection, prevention and measures against diseases, special infectious diseases and the assessment of scientific results through analysis of current international developments in the respective scientific areas. Of main importance is also the identification of politically important health problems and associated scientific issues.


Contact: RKI, Abteilung Infektionsepidemiologie, See str. 10, 13353 Berlin, Germany,
tel: +49-30-4547-3427/3487/3403, fax:+49-30-4547 3533, e-mail:,,, web site:
Contact persons: Dr. Viviane Bremer, Dr. Andreas Gilsdorf, Klaus Jansen

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