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What is the HIV-SAM Project?

The HIV-SAM Project implements sexual health promotion and prevention of sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) including HIV with Sub-Saharan African communities in Flanders and Brussels. Together with the communities and in collaboration with professional intermediaries we develop, implement and evaluate targeted prevention campaigns. We also support people living with HIV.

As in most western European countries, people of Sub-Saharan African decent are dis-proportionally affected by HIV. In 2021, 373 new HIV diagnoses were diagnosed were heterosexual persons. Persons with Sub-Saharan African origin represented 45% of the number of HIV infections diagnosed through heterosexual transmission (2021) 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 was started in 1996. Currently, we work on the basis of a three year management agreement (2023-2026) which responded to an open call for field organizations. Our current work is guided by the priorities stipulated in the three-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 2020-2026 National HIV-Plan.

Our mission statement

The HIV-SAM Project is dedicated to promoting sexual health and well-being among Sub-Saharan African communities in Flanders and to reducing HIV infections in this group. 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 community intermediaries. Through our networks of community organizations and professional intermediaries, we aim at mobilizing an effective community response to HIV in an environment free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination.

Muungano annual new year’s diner – 2024

In the cozy ’t Hof van Eden restuarant at Groenpaats, members Muungano peer support group supervised by AT4SH had thier traditional new year’s diner, on Saturday 24/02/24. The diner was attended by 12 members and two kids. A WhatsApp message on the group’s social media platform from one of the participants summarises the benefits of …

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First African communities’ prevention network meeting for 2024 (24/02/2024)

The first African communities’ prevention network was a sucess. The meeting was attended by representatives of our four key organisations – Bilenge, Acasia, Edo Association and Basibomuko and individual volunteers. There was also a good balance in gender and age. The topics of the meeting were: 1. All Together For Sexual Health (AT4SH) as the …

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COBA test Network Annual meeting – Barcelona

From the 24th – 26th January, Ddungu was in Barcelona for the annual meeting of COBA test network. The COBATEST Network links organizations across Europe and Central Asia who offer community-based voluntary counselling and STI/HIV testing (CBVCT) services and promotes testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care in groups/populations that at a high risk of …

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Peer support and learning weekend for people living with HIV

As every year, the Muungano group and Sensoa positieve got together for a weekend of meeting and sharing in Blankenberge from 29/9 to 01/10/23. Coordinated by two professionals from HIV SAM, a total of 22 members of the Muungano group attended the event. The group was made up of a mixed public of different ages …

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Curious about the promotion of sexual health?

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Curious about sexual health

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Get your booster vaccin

You are 80+ and want to get your 2nd Covid vaccin ? You can go on following dates to following locations without any hustle and bustle! Stay healthy.

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HIV, just another chronic ilness

Still afraid of HIV? Read some reassuring facts about it. If you still have questions, remarks, suggestions, contact us on hivsam@itg.be

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Want to know what the impact of Covid-19 has been on People living with HIV?

Enjoy reading the article of our ambassador My K. HA, Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Antwerp, for all questions, remarks, please contact us on hivsam@itg.be

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European Testing Week 2021

All-Together-for-Health (AT4H), also known as the  HIV-SAM is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV testing, not only to promote the benefits for earlier HIV testing but most importantly to reduce late HIV diagnosis among affected populations in Belgium. Alongside hundreds of organizations participating in the European Testing Week, AT4H joins in the effort to increase …

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