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Sexual health promotion and primary HIV-prevention

Primary HIV-prevention activities aim to create HIV-awareness in the Sub-Saharan African communities and are embedded in overall sexual health promotion activities. These include informing the different Sub-Saharan African communities about HIV and the various ways in which HIV can be transmitted and how to prevent HIV this, e.g. consistent condom use and regular HIV-testing. We try to reduce the taboo around sexuality and to promote open communication about sexual health and well-being.

Implementing our HIV prevention activities requires that we work closely with Sub-Saharan African community organizations. These organizations arrange information sessions in their own networks, set up information stands at big events and undertake outreach sessions. They reach people in their own community settings and environments, and on their own terms through interactive discussions and through free condom distribution activities . To support outreach volunteers in their activities, we offer trainings and we organize regular planning- and follow-up meetings. As part of our activities we have developed a series of leaflets and an interactive HIV prevention-tool.

HIV-prevention activities are only effective in an environment free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination. We fight stigma and discrimination by addressing prejudices existing within the community and beyond. In line with GIPA principles, our strongest tool in the fight against stigma are Sub-Saharan Africans living with HIV who are ready to give testimonials about their experience of living with HIV.

Many of our actions and tools are evidence-based or grounded in practice-based evidence, such as using best practices from other countries. We have conducted a community-based seroprevalence study, which serves as an evidence-base for HIV-prevention activities.

 

Do you want to join us in the fight against HIV?

Together we can raise greater awareness. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or supporting our program otherwise, please contact Dr. Lazare Manirankunda, responsible for primary HIV-prevention:

Calendar 2018

  7th BREACH Symposium: Friday 30st of November Bruges (more information will follow)

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Symposium sexual health 14th of December

The Healthcare and Health Agency is organizing a symposium on Sexual Health in the Flemish Parliament in Brussels on Friday the 14th of December. The Symposium is commissioned by Minister Vandeurzen and is organized in collaboration with Sensoa. During the symposium, there will be recommendations to improve sexual health in Flanders in a preventive manner …

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9th of June 2018 World Festival Ngoma – Buurtcentrum Dampoort Ghent

Africa in Flandres invites you cordially to the yearly FREE Ngoma Festival at Doornakkerstraat 54 – 9000 Gent, sponsored by the City of Ghent NgomaFestival2018 Agenda: 12:00 o’clock: Kick off Festival 14:00 o’clock: Work shop djembé with Beh Palm (Burkina Faso) 15.00 o’clock: Opening exhibtion with A.KUMBI (D.R. Congo), J. VELDEMAN (Belgium) and P. WOKMENI …

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Cultural day

  The organization BASI BO MOKO is happy to invite you to a cultural day about Africa. On this day different countries will be discussed and we’ll discuss the values and standards, typical features, dishes, traditions, etc of each country. Do you have African roots? Or do you have African friends or colleagues? Or are …

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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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Muungano dinner

It’s that time of the year again! Muungano, peer group, cordinally invites you to their dinner on the 23rd of June. Muungano tries to organize a dinner every year and the menu has never dissapointed. Everybody is welcome to join us in this African feast. There will be enough vegetarian options and everything is halal! Please …

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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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Zanzu Network day: 19th of June

On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, the Zanzu Network Day of Sensoa will take place. The BEL in Brussels is open that day for all professionals who work with people with a migrant background about sexual health. The agenda contains interesting speakers, workshops and a networking moment. And the day will end with a reception. During …

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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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