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The evidence-base of our activities

The evidence-based of our activities

Evidence-based work is one of the core operating principles alongside community-based participatory and culturally sensitive approaches. This means that our interventions and prevention materials are based either on our own research or guided by national and/or international research. Both are regularly reviewed and  updated in accordance with new scientific guidance on effective prevention methods to ensure the high quality of our activities.

We monitor our interventions on an ongoing basis to strengthen the link between science and practice. In this way we contribute to creating practice-based evidence, since not all of our operational research can meet the standards of highly-graded scientific evidence. We use quality improvement methods to ensure that our prevention activities meet high quality standards.

High quality prevention must be contextualized and tailored to the needs of the population it addresses. Therefore, we use qualitative research methods, for instance to assess barriers to HIV-testing ,in the community for developing tools for health care providers to support the promotion of HIV-testing, such as brochures, fact-sheets and guidance for HIV-testing in primary care. Another research domain relates to qualitatively exploring HIV-related stigma to be able to reduce this barrier to HIV prevention and care.

One of our landmark studies, the TOGETHER Project, had the objective to understand the dynamics of the HIV epidemic among Africans in community settings in Antwerp city. This study delivered the first HIV prevalence estimates among sub-Saharan Africans based in Antwerp, which have guided our primary prevention activities. Our systematically developed  psychosocial interventions aim at improving the quality of life of people living with HIV. Therefore, a scientific mixed methods study is conducted to evaluate them.

We partner in European public health or research projects such as project EURO HIV EDAT to improve community-based voluntary counselling and testing, or the European aMASE study.

Are you interested in research on HIV among Sub-Saharan African migrants?

The S clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary: ​​Retrospective and latest advances in the management of STIs

The S clinic celebrates its 10th anniversary: ​​Retrospective and latest advances in the management of STIs and HIV prevention” seminar to be held Wednesday, October 09, 2019 at 20h at CHU Saint-Pierre.

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Symposium Leven met hiv

Results and conclusions of the survey of needs of people with HIV Friday, October 4, 2019 – Flemish Parliament – 9:00 am to 5:00 pm This symposium is the final piece of a research project into the needs of people with HIV that Sensoa carried out for the Flemish government. We conducted a survey and …

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GAMS BELGIUM Together against genital mutilation

MISSIONS & VALUES General Objective The objective of GAMS Belgium is to contribute to the abandonment of female genital mutilation in Belgium and Worldwide. Specific objectives Prevent FGM among girls and women at risk living in Belgium ; Reduce the impact on health, both psychological and social, of FGM by giving comprehensive support to girls and …

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Seminar on STD

Everything you wanted to know on STD, please come and find out about this Thursday 23 May 2019 from 8-10 PM at ITM. All information and registration available through following link: https://itgitm.sharepoint.com/sites/en-intranet/_layouts/15/Event.aspx?ListGuid=4c29fc31-6173-40b6-a636-1077440814b9&ItemId=46

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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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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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