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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 2017

Outreach activity: 18 November 2017, Gent Topic: better to prevent than cure   Breach Symposium: 24 November 2017 in SCA / Congress Center – Saint- Guidon, Anderlecht Topic: What’s new on HIV in Belgium 2017? More information: Breach website   Outdoor event World Aids day: 1 December 2017 on De Conickplein, Antwerp Topic: With treatment, …

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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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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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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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