Project BORDERNET 2005-2007

I. ABOUT BORDERNET — 1.1. Bordernet briefly

What does Bordernet aim?

In a context of crossing-border co-operation in 4 EC model regions BORDERNET aims to improve the HIV/AIDS/STIs risk situation and response assessment, to develop regional HIV/STIs surveillance systems, to build up and continuously extend regional cooperation networks in the field of HIV/AIDS testing, counselling and prevention, to improve standards of HIV/STIs diagnostic, to carry out specific target group oriented surveys according to border regions needs to measure risk exposure and prevention potential.

Whom does it address?

Initiated by the recommendations of German and Polish public health experts in view of the EC entry of Poland and other CEE countries, the project addresses all relevant public, non-governmental and private bodies in 4 model crossing-border regions (two among Germany and Poland, one among Austria and Slovak Republic, one among Italy and Slovenia) active in HIV/AIDS/STI prevention, diagnostic and treatment. Among those are HIV/STI testing and counselling centres, outpatient and hospital clinics and medical units, public health centres, GPs, social/outreach work prevention and education services, regional and national health and social administration and policy makers.

What does it bring for?

The build up and strengthening of the cross-border cooperation in the field of HIV/AIDS and STI prevention, diagnostic and treatment will bring the standards and structures of the available services into line with each other and will improve regional planning basis up to European standards.

In particular the outcomes of the project will encompass:


  • improved HIV/AIDS/STI risk situation and response analysis in the
    neighbour border regions;
  • outlined epidemiological trends of HIV/STIs in border regions,
    identification of groups at risk and factors of infections transmission;
  • outlined patterns of risk behaviour and specific prevention needs of
    selected target groups (e.g. (migrant) prostitutes, PLWHA, young people,
    MSM; inmates etc.) in the pilot regions;
  • established coordination structures, adjustment and improvement of
    crossing-border education, prevention activities and campaigns, HIV/STI
    prevention and treatment measures;
  • enhanced competence of multipliers of HIV prevention offers
  • adoption and improvement of existing standards for HIV voluntary
    counselling and testing, medical diagnosis and treatment of STIs;
  • practice-driven recommendations for regional health policy makers,
    public health programmes, local and national authorities (National
    HIV/AIDS/STI boards and reference units)