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Africans For Improved Access

AFIA logoAfricans For Improved Access (AFIA)
MAC initiated Sub-Saharan African (SSA) programming in 2000 through its community coalition efforts. Africans for Improved Access (AFIA) Program is the first program in Massachusetts dedicated to addressing the increasing HIV/AIDS rates in African communities living in Massachusetts.  State and city health departments recognize AFIA’s role in defining effective outreach, education, and mobilization strategies for Africans immigrants. Staff work closely with community members, organizations, and business to provide effective HIV prevention and education services in a way that understands, respects, and incorporates culture. This includes talking to the community during an event or meeting with a group of African men, women, or youth to discuss taking care of yourself and understanding the health care system. AFIA also assist the African immigrant and refugee community in accessing health care services, specifically HIV services.

Program Staff:
Chioma Nnaji, Program Director at 617.238.2421, cnnaji@mac-boston.org
Augustus Woyah, Program Coordinator at 617.238.2410, awoyah@mac-boston.org
Siede P. Slopadoe, Program Cooridinator at 617-238-2462, sslopadoe@mac-boston.org


 

HIV - AID awareness ribbon

National African Immigrant & Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness Day (NAIRHHA Day)

September 9th is designated as NAIRHHA Day. The purpose of NAIRHHA Day is to bring national and local attention to the HIV and viral Hepatitis needs of African immigrants living in the U.S. in a culturally and linguistically appropriate manner. The creation of a national awareness day will also support the eradication of other epidemics fueling or related to HIV disparities among African immigrants, including Tuberculosis, Substance Use and Mental Health.

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