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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.

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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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This symposium on state of the art HIV cure efforts in Europe is followed by three day workshops (13-15 September 2017) on HIV reservoir quantification with discussions of virological and immunological assays useful in therapy monitoring. We invite you to register and submit an abstract via the online portal:

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PrEP-seminar for health care workers

Sinds 1 juni 2017 wordt Truvada in België terugbetaald als Pre-Exposure Profylaxis (PrEP) om besmetting met hiv te voorkomen. De preventieve medicatie zal enkel voorgeschreven worden door aidsreferentiecentra, waar de nodige expertise beschikbaar is en de opvolging gegarandeerd kan worden. Op 27 juni 2017 organiseert het Instituut voor Tropische Geneeskunde een avondseminarie over PrEP voor …

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Positive workshop for seropositive sub Saharan African migrants in progress

A workshop for SAM living with HIV and were recently diagnosed, is in progress. Nine  people are participating. The workshop takes places in the Institute of Tropical Medicine, Sint-Rochusstraat 38, 2000 Antwerp. The workshop was launched on the 3rd of June and consists of four sessions, the next meetings are planned on 10, 17 and …

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African voices at the Gay Pride, Brussels 2017

The theme of the Gay Pride 2017 was solidarity with LGBT migrants. Each year many of them have to flee from their country and come to Europe and Belgium to find a home and safety. The reception and asylum procedure could be improved. Following text shares some African ideas on this.

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Muungano members co-create a communication tool on living well with HIV

In collaboration with the HIV-SAM project of ITM, Ipropeller, and Clarice illustrations, members of Muungano association co-created a brochure  entitled “ Understanding HIV in order to live well with it”. The distinguishing mark of this brochure is that it has been created by people living with HIV themselves. “Cet brochure est notre histoire” remarked on …

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Network meeting for quality improvement of HIV-SAM activities

On the 18th of February 2016, an important delegation of the HIV prevention ambassadors, who work in collaboration with the Hiv-Sam Project met in order exchange on how to improve the quality of the project‘s services for better results. During the meeting, the HIV-SAM team presented the results of 2016 and the planning for 2017 …

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Antwerp diner welcomes 3 Muungano patients

Last year patient group Muungano won the Marc De Punt Award. This year three members of this group attend the diner and were able to tell the jury what they were able to realize with this award.

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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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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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