Project BORDERNET 2005-2007

III. CROSS-BORDER COOPERATION — 3.4. Build up of cooperation networks

Cross-border Cooperation Networks

The objectives of this project’s work package (WP4) are to ensure the adequate realisation of the crossing-border partnership for the whole project’s lifespan and to develop modalities for fluent communication and exchange of experience and best practices in the individual task implementation.


Regional steering committees with representatives of each of the BORDERNET partners in the respective region are responsible for the organisation and carry out of regular quarterly meetings on the different themes of the cross-border cooperation. They combine different types of tasks and bring input to the cross-border cooperation both on process and content level:


-preparation and mutual learning of partners,
-planning and carrying out of the RAR situation analysis and regional report (under WP1),
-exploration and mapping of the services’ infrastructure through organigrams,
identification of partner institutions, interviews and focus groups, list of regional network partners;
-preparation and carry out of a sentinel surveillance survey (under WP 5), recruitment of sentinel
services and maintaining sustainable contacts to participating services;
-carry out of a KAB (knowledge, attitudes, behaviour) survey on HIV risk exposure and international
mobility among commonly selected target groups on both sides of each border (under WP 6);
-organisation and carry out of various seminars and further training workshops for multipliers on
specific topics in HIV/STI Prevention, Diagnostic, Treatment and Counselling (WP7, WP8)
-identification of common action priorities and cooperation plan for 2006/2007


The crossing border networks are the main “work tool” of the whole partnership, whereas their vitality and gradual enlargement till the end of the project are seen as a crucial outcome in terms of sustainability of the endeavoured bilateral measures. Therefore the below presented lists of partners reflect only the initial phase of the project, being constantly updated through the involvement of new partners. The complete lists of partners (presented in PDF format) in each region can be additionally downloaded.


The partnership’s network established so far in MR I comprises 36 (11 public health offices, 4 AIDS- Helps, other NGOs) organisations on the German and 12 (7 regional and city public health centres and authorities, 4 NGOs) on the Polish border side.


The partnership’s network established so far in MR II comprises 11 (public health offices and private physicians) German and 8 (4 hospitals departments, 2 HIV testing points, an NGO and a private physician) Polish further cooperation partners.


The network of BORDERNET partners in MR III comprises 21 (clinics, STI ambulatories, public health office, labs, Red Cross, Open Society Foundation, several NGOs) organisations in Slovakia and 16 (STI ambulatory, university and city public clinics, private physicians, HIV counselling centres, Vienna city office) in Austria so far.


The partners’ network established so far in MR IV comprises 15 Italian (5 local public health departments and 10 HIV/STIs/family planning services) and 11 Slovenian (4 regional public health centres, 4 hospitals, 2 ambulant health care centres, 1 NGO Foundation) partners.


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