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What is the HIV-SAM Project?

The HIV-SAM project aims at promoting sexual health and HIV prevention in the communities of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in Flanders.

As in most western European countries, Sub-Saharan African migrants are disproportionally affected by HIV/AIDS. Although they are a small migrant community ( approximately 60,000 individuals in Flanders, or 0.94% of the Flemish population and 9.43 % of all the migrants). They account for 33 % of cumulative HIV diagnoses (2013) which makes them the second largest group affected by HIV after men having sex with men.

The Flemish Ministry of Welfare, Public Health and Family has reacted to the HIV crisis in this population and commissioned targeted HIV prevention. The HIV-SAM Project started in 1996. At present, we work on the basis of a five year management agreement (2012-2016) which responded to an open call for field organizations. Our current work is guided by the priorities stipulated in the five-year policy plan. Each year our work is fine-tuned through a detailed annual plan approved by the Ministry . Since the beginning of our work, we have aimed at promoting sexual health and preventing HIV in the communities of Sub-Saharan African migrants living in Flanders. Our work also contributes to the implementation of the 2014 National HIV-Plan.

Our mission statement

The HIV-SAM Project is dedicated to promoting sexual health and well-being among Sub-Saharan African communities living in Flanders and to reducing HIV/AIDS in this population. Adopting a comprehensive, participatory and evidence-based approach, we aim to contribute to effective “combination prevention”. This includes

We also aim at strengthening capacity for HIV prevention in community organizations and among professional service providers. Through our networks of community organizations and their community leaders, we aim at mobilizing an effective community response to HIV in an environment free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Workshop living with HIV

Are you a person living with HIV or do you know someone living with HIV and needs support? Our workshop “Diagnosed with HIV? You are not alone” will be organized again two times in 2019 in English and French. The workshop provides a safe space for  people living with HIV of African origins to meet …

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3rd BREACH Post CROI Meeting

Wednesday 03/04/2019 18:00 – 21:00 at  CHU Saint-Pierre – Forum – Bastenie

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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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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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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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Workshop recently diagnosed HIV, 4th of November

The HIV-Sam project is organising workshops for sub-Saharan Africans who were (recently) diagnosed with HIV. The workshop wants to: – discuss how to deal with this diagnosis. – answer questions you have about this diagnosis. – create a safe environment in which stories can be shared. This workshop consists of 5 modules. The first module …

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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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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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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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