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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.

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 35
Fax: +32 (0)3 247 64 32

Solidarity dinner organised by Muungano VZW

Invitation Support  Muungano VZW and enjoy a  Solidarity dinner : In a warm atmosphere Various African dishes Meet sub-Saharans-Africans , motivated and optimistic, and taking good care of their health. When :  11 June 2016 from 5 PM onwards Where : IVCA, Paleisstraat 39, 2018 Antwerp Your contribution: 20 euro for adults,  10 euro for  people younger …

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Results European hiv test week 2015

The results of the European hiv test week of 2015 can be consulted on following website:

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CHU Saint Pierre’s Seminar on HIV

15 June 2016 CHU Saint Pierre organises seminar n° 177  on procreation with HIV couples

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Positive Workshop for African Migrants

Do you feel lonely and left alone to struggle with your problems? Do you want to get answers to some of your burning questions? Do you want to meet and share with other people going through a similar experience as you? Are you looking for a place to share without fear of being judged? Then …

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Muungano and its members are proud to announce the birth of

  Non-profit association Registered office: Boekenberglei 117/1, 2100 Antwerp, Belgium Company registration number: 644 568 859 President: Francoise Nashi Nsimire Treasurer: Henry Msembe Lubunga Secretary: Omer Nduwiyingoma  

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Do you want to help us in the fight against HIV

Who are we? The 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 also support sub-Saharan African people living with HIV. Profile Volunteers are an important resource for our prevention …

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‘Men Speak Out’ will be launched on Friday 5 February

GAMS Belgium, FORWARD UK, Stichting HIMILO Nederland and ITM launch the European awareness campaign ‘Men Speak Out’. For the first time a European campaign intents to involve men in the fight against female genital mutilation in Europe. It will be launched during a press conference on Friday 5 February at 10.00 AM in the Residence …

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What health care for undocumented migrants in Belgium

Just before Christmas the KCE (Federaal Kenniscentrum voor de Gezondheidszorg) published KCE Report 257A, a report on urgent medical aid for undocumented migrants in Belgium. Undocumented migrants do not have the necessary papers to reside legally in the country. In compliance with the international treaties, ratified by Belgium, they are entitled though to the so …

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Sensoa launches website on sexual health in 13 languages

Zanzu is a website in 13 languages that gives non-native speakers access to understandable information about sexual health, for professionals it is a tool when talking about sexuality during counseling or training. The website includes following languages: Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, German, Farsi, French, Dutch, Polish,Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Turkish. It also provides a translation dictionary, speak …

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Exhibition Our Bodies

On November 15, 2015, the exhibition Our Bodies” opened at the Verbeke foundation. “Our Bodies” presents a selection of body maps, created by people living with HIV in Kenya and in Belgium. While the ones created in Kenya impressively show the social and psychological stigma attached to HIV, sex work and being part of a …

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