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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

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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Witboek over de machtiging tot verblijf om medische redenen (9ter)

Het Witboek geeft een zicht op de wettelijke bepalingen in het kader van de 9ter procedure en de huidige praktijk van de Dienst Vreemdelingenzaken. Het kwam tot stand nadat een aantal praktijkbeoefenaars uit de medische, juridische en associatieve sector (o.a. Medimmigrant) dezelfde bekommernissen leken de te delen over het lot van ernstig zieke vreemdelingen die …

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15/11/2015 – 15/5/2016 OPENING EXHIBITION BODY MAPS

ITG will organise together with Verbeke Foundation, from 15 November 2015 – 15 May 2016 an exhibition with life-size paintings of hiv-positive patients, produced with the “Body Mapping” technique. This is a creative therapeutic process that contributes to raising the awareness of hiv among the public and to more openness about hiv and a better …

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Superior Health Council

Dépistage décentralisé et démédicalisé du VIH en Belgique : réponse à une demande d’avis émanant des autorités de santé publique. Cet avis vise à formuler des recommandations précises quant aux circonstances exactes dans lesquelles sera effectué le dépistage du VIH décentralisé et démédicalisé en Belgique. Celles-ci s’adressent aux autorités de santé publique belges, aux professionnels …

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Breach Symposium

Breach has the pleasure to invite you to register to the 4th Symposium organised by BREACH, the Belgian Research on AIDS and HIV Consortium, which will take place at the Institute for Tropical Medicine in Antwerp on Friday November 27th, 2015. The title of this year’ s symposium is “What’s going up in Belgium in …

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Mark de Punt Award

The support group Muungano won the Mark de Punt Award on 1 February 2015 for their efforts to improve the living conditions of people living with HIV and for their continuous support to patients during all stages of HIV-AIDS. The Award ceremony took place during the yearly “Antwerp Diner“

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