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Evidence based interventions

Evidence-based work is one of our core operating principles alongside community-based participatory and culturally sensitive approaches. This means that our interventions and our 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 efficient prevention methods. This rigorous updating is essential for the project’s overall performance and to ensure the high quality of our activities.

We evaluate 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.

Our own qualitative research assessing barriers to HIV-testing in the community, and among health care providers guided the development of all our tools supporting the promotion of  HIV-testing, such as brochures and guidelines. The counseling guidelines developed for the first line were also evaluated in primary care.

One of our recent studies, the TOGETHER Project, aimed to explain the dynamics of the HIV epidemic among Sub-Saharan Africans within or in community settings in the city of Antwerp. We are also a partner in various European research projects: for instance, we collaborate with the ARC Antwerp to collect data for the European aMASE study . The aMASE study aims to identify the country of infection for Sub-Saharan Africans living with HIV in Europe.

We are also a partner in the European project EURO HIV EDAT, which aims to provide “Operational knowledge to improve HIV early diagnosis and treatment among vulnerable groups in Europe”, which started in April 2014.

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

Calendar 2018

  Interactive workshop: Why are people living with HIV still stigmatized this day of age? Thursday 26th of April, Leuven Interested? Inscribe: www.afrikafilmfestivalworkshop.be BREACH Spring Meeting: Friday 4th and Saturday 5th of May Dolce, La Hulpe (more information will follow) 7th BREACH Symposium: Friday 30st of November Bruges (more information will follow)

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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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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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