HIV and AIDS Group

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Jacinta Whelan (second left) of A Partnership with Africa, Chair of the Dóchas HIV and AIDS Working Group joins Minister for Health Leo Varadkar and other representatives to launch Ireland’s first National World AIDS Day (WAD) Campaign -Show Your Solidarity #WADirl

The Dóchas HIV and AIDS Working Group was proud to play an active role in developing  the first ever five-day national World AIDS Day campaign. The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar launched the campaign on Thursday 26th November 2015. This campaign is developed by NGOs and statutory bodies across Ireland in partnership with the HSE Sexual Health & Crisis Pregnancy Programme. 

The focus of the Irish campaign is Solidarity with all people living with HIV. The campaign ran for 5 days from 27th November 2015 until World AIDS Day on the 1st December 2015, with the aim of raising awareness about the many issues that present themselves for people living with HIV and those at risk of contracting HIV.

The key messages of HIV Support, HIV Knowledge, HIV Visibility, and HIV Stigma are being promoted through a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter asking people to show their solidarity with people who are living with HIV. They can do so by wearing a red ribbon, starting a conversation about HIV with friends and family, challenging HIV stigma and discrimination if they encounter it, or learning more about safer sex and getting tested for HIV. The hashtag for the campaign is #WADirl.

Blog update:

On World AIDS DAY - Breda Gahan of Concern Worldwide who is member of the HIV and AIDS Working Group and was named as Dóchas Global Citizen of the Year 2015 gives her thoughts, reflections and hopes on World AIDS Day 2015. Read her blog here


The Dóchas HIV and AIDS Working Group is a sub-group of Dóchas. The Group was established in May 2001 in order to respond to the first United National General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV and AIDS draft Declaration of Commitment, and to present shared positions on a number of issues related to HIV and AIDS.

The Group first developed a strategic plan in January 2003. Since that time the HIV and AIDS Group has increasingly become the representative voice of Irish development NGOs in relation to HIV and AIDS.

The Group has continued working together to improve and to share learning and expertise on HIV and AIDS in the Irish development NGO sector and to advocate for increased NGO participation in a co-ordinated Irish response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic


APAChildFund IrelandConcern WorldwideGoalMisean CaraOxfam Ireland, and Trócaire.

Current focus

  • To develop and share knowledge, expertise and best practice to encourage ongoing learning and effectiveness within the Dóchas HIV and AIDS Working Group, the member organisations and beyond.

  • To develop agreed advocacy positions and lobbying strategies to promote an effective Irish response to HIV and AIDS

Publications and other work

2015 Ebola and Lessons from HIV Response Event at Centre for Global Health Trinity College Dublin

Podcasts of presentations from working group members at "Ebola and Lessons from HIV Response" event in Trinity College April 2015:

Dóchas resources 


For further resources on HIV and AIDS, visit our KNOWLEDGE HUB