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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.

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Muungano annual new year’s diner – 2024

In the cozy ’t Hof van Eden restuarant at Groenpaats, members Muungano peer support group supervised by AT4SH had thier traditional new year’s diner, on Saturday 24/02/24. The diner was attended by 12 members and two kids. A WhatsApp message on the group’s social media platform from one of the participants summarises the benefits of …

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First African communities’ prevention network meeting for 2024 (24/02/2024)

The first African communities’ prevention network was a sucess. The meeting was attended by representatives of our four key organisations – Bilenge, Acasia, Edo Association and Basibomuko and individual volunteers. There was also a good balance in gender and age. The topics of the meeting were: 1. All Together For Sexual Health (AT4SH) as the …

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COBA test Network Annual meeting – Barcelona

From the 24th – 26th January, Ddungu was in Barcelona for the annual meeting of COBA test network. The COBATEST Network links organizations across Europe and Central Asia who offer community-based voluntary counselling and STI/HIV testing (CBVCT) services and promotes testing, early diagnosis and linkage to care in groups/populations that at a high risk of …

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Peer support and learning weekend for people living with HIV

As every year, the Muungano group and Sensoa positieve got together for a weekend of meeting and sharing in Blankenberge from 29/9 to 01/10/23. Coordinated by two professionals from HIV SAM, a total of 22 members of the Muungano group attended the event. The group was made up of a mixed public of different ages …

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Curious about the promotion of sexual health?

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Curious about sexual health

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Get your booster vaccin

You are 80+ and want to get your 2nd Covid vaccin ? You can go on following dates to following locations without any hustle and bustle! Stay healthy.

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HIV, just another chronic ilness

Still afraid of HIV? Read some reassuring facts about it. If you still have questions, remarks, suggestions, contact us on hivsam@itg.be

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Want to know what the impact of Covid-19 has been on People living with HIV?

Enjoy reading the article of our ambassador My K. HA, Post Doctoral Researcher at the University of Antwerp, for all questions, remarks, please contact us on hivsam@itg.be

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European Testing Week 2021

All-Together-for-Health (AT4H), also known as the  HIV-SAM is dedicated to raising awareness of HIV testing, not only to promote the benefits for earlier HIV testing but most importantly to reduce late HIV diagnosis among affected populations in Belgium. Alongside hundreds of organizations participating in the European Testing Week, AT4H joins in the effort to increase …

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