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Getting my HIV diagnosis was a terrible shock! I was even thinking of suicide… Later I got in touch with Muungano and met other people in the same situation during their monthly meetings… Now I know much more about HIV, I feel much better; I am even planning my future. Muungano has become a second family to me…

To improve the quality of life of Sub-Saharan Africans living with HIV and to support them in coping with their disease, we facilitate patient support groups. The Muungano group offers peer support in both French and Dutch. With monthly meetings the participants aim to break the isolation, are empowered to share experiences, and give each other support. The groups alternate between thematic sessions and recreational outings. Group work is facilitated using different strategies and techniques. For instance, we conducted a body mapping workshop to support coping with HIV and HIV disclosure.

The groups decide on the topics of the thematic meetings, according to their needs. Topics may cover a variety of issues from legal concerns, adherence, healthy nutrition, sexual and reproductive health, to relationship issues, a.o..

Are you interested in joining a patient support group?

  • Contact Charles Ddungu, facilitator of the groups:
  • Or find more information in our Muungano leaflets

Are you a professional and interested in starting a patient support group?

  • Contact dr. Lazare Manirankunda for guidance and advice

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