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What is the HIV-SAM project?

The HIV-SAM Project supports HIV prevention and sexual health promotion with Sub-Saharan African Migrants (SAM) in Flanders. Together with the Sub-Saharan African communities and their leaders we develop, implement and evaluate targeted HIV prevention campaigns.

We are looking for volunteers!

Are you interested in helping the HIV-Sam project? We are looking for volunteers. Are you open-minded and not afraid of talking about sexuality and sexual health with others? Then we would like to meet you. We are currently recruiting new volunteers. We especially encourage young people and women to contact us. Help us during our HIV-testing events, give information sessions about sexual health to groups and tell us your ideas! Read more…

Positive prevention

We work together with Sub-Saharan African migrants living with HIV on multiple areas for HIV prevention. HIV-SAM offers culturally tailored support services  such as individual counseling and support groups. We aim at empowering people living with HIV according to GIPA principles, i.e. to achieve ‘greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS’ in their own care and support, as well as in HIV prevention. On request, we provide advice to professionals  on culturally sensitive care and support.

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Promotion of HIV testing

We promote early HIV testing and counseling and linkage to care for Sub-Saharan African Migrants (SAM). We aim at reducing existing barriers to HIV testing and counseling, thereby increasing the number of SAM who know their HIV status. To achieve this we work on two levels:

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Primary HIV prevention and stigma reduction

We support community-based organizations in HIV prevention activities and in setting up actions to reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination. We work with key organizations in the field , and with HIV prevention networks consisting of socio-cultural Sub-Saharan African community-based organizations and their leaders. Organizations and community members who want to join us in this endeavour, can find more information here…

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Operational research and underlying principles of our work

Our work is informed by scientific evidence ( either through own operational research or available state-of-the-art scientific evidence). HIV-SAM adopts a participatory approach in working together with affected communities, and aims at tailoring prevention activities to the real needs of people and communities affected. Prevention activities are therefore gender-specific and culturally sensitive.

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HIV-SAM is a project of the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp.
Nationalestraat 155
2000 Antwerpen
Tel: +32 (0)3 247 64 63
Fax: +32 (0)3 247 64 32
Email: [email protected]

Calendar 2018

  7th BREACH Symposium: Friday 30st of November Bruges (more information will follow)

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Fundraiser unravel HIV 8th of December

For the fifth year in a row, the Unravel HIV fund will organize a not to be missed gala evening and fundraiser. The yield goes, as always, integrally to research to cure HIV. After the success of last year, this jubilee edition will continue in the Ghent ICC. Host is Luk Alloo – he will …

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Symposium sexual health 14th of December

The Healthcare and Health Agency is organizing a symposium on Sexual Health in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels on Friday the 14th of December. The Symposium is commissioned by Minister Vandeurzen and is organized in collaboration with Sensoa. During the symposium, there will be recommendations to improve sexual health in Flanders in a preventive manner …

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9th of June 2018 World Festival Ngoma – Buurtcentrum Dampoort Ghent

Africa in Flandres invites you cordially to the yearly FREE Ngoma Festival at Doornakkerstraat 54 – 9000 Gent, sponsored by the City of Ghent NgomaFestival2018 Agenda: 12:00 o’clock: Kick off Festival 14:00 o’clock: Work shop djembé with Beh Palm (Burkina Faso) 15.00 o’clock: Opening exhibtion with A.KUMBI (D.R. Congo), J. VELDEMAN (Belgium) and P. WOKMENI …

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Cultural day

  The organization BASI BO MOKO is happy to invite you to a cultural day about Africa. On this day different countries will be discussed and we’ll discuss the values and standards, typical features, dishes, traditions, etc of each country. Do you have African roots? Or do you have African friends or colleagues? Or are …

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Workshop how to live with HIV

Our workshop “living with HIV” starts again in June. The workshops consist of a series of 4 sessions that will continue in June. What: sessions on how to deal with your HIV status. The sessions are intended for people who are HIV positive. Childcare can be arranged if this is requested in advance. When: 2.16, …

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Muungano dinner

It’s that time of the year again! Muungano, peer group, cordinally invites you to their dinner on the 23rd of June. Muungano tries to organize a dinner every year and the menu has never dissapointed. Everybody is welcome to join us in this African feast. There will be enough vegetarian options and everything is halal! Please …

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Interactive workshop HIV stigma Afrika FilmFestival

What: HIV-related stigma is still persistent around the world with a lot of consequences for the people living with HIV, both on an individual level as community level. Dr. Lazare Manirankunda did research about HIV-related stigma in the sub-Saharan African community and will share his results with us. Afterwards we’ll go into discussion with each other …

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Zanzu Network day: 19th of June

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Zanzu Network Day of Sensoa will take place. The BEL in Brussels is open that day for all professionals who work with people with a migrant background about sexual health. The agenda contains interesting speakers, workshops and a networking moment. And the day will end with a reception. During …

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My experience at the ILGA Warshaw conference

One of our HIV-sam ambassadors attented the ILGA conference in Warshaw. Read about her impressions and her experiences below. An amazing and breathtaking conference was held in Warsaw, Poland with the focus on CHANGE. The main goal was mobilising communities, whether sub-Saharan communities or not, and assuring the rise of movements. The conference was about homophobic …

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