MEDWAY AFRICAN COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERING NETWORK

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A new Volunteering Network project was officially launched by Health Action Charity Organisation (HACO) in Gillingham on Saturday the 6th of February 2016. HACO an Organisation that work to improve the health and wellbeing of African communities to reduce health inequalities has received grant from money raised by HealthWhole through The Health Lottery. The Volunteering Network project will be targeting African people in the Medway area. HACO will be working with CTRIM to provide the programme which will include trainings on volunteering, talks on different subjects twice a month on Saturdays and an opportunity for a volunteer placement in order to make a difference in the community they live. Many people from the African communities have never been a volunteer, so this project will give them an outlet to make a difference in their community. With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health To raise awareness of Volunteering, the charity is hosting a community picnic and Away Day as part of the project in the summer. We will be sharing our experience as the project develops. News and resources will be posted on this website. If you would like to hear more about the project or want volunteers for your Organisation, please email Tina @ info@healthaction.co.uk

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Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)

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What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis?

PEP involves taking anti-HIV drugs as soon as possible after you may have been exposed to HIV to try to reduce the chance of becoming HIV positive

For a variety of reasons, people without HIV may engage in unprotected intercourse with a partner they know has HIV or who may have. Such situations include sexual assault, condom failure, the heat of the moment, and finding out a partner is HIV positive after sex.

In such circumstances people may benefit from post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). In order to take PEP people need to know about it, to appreciate the costs and benefits of taking it, and to be able to access it and take it correctly.

To be effective, PEP must begin within 72 hours of exposure, before the virus has time to rapidly replicate in your body. PEP consists of 2-3 antiretroviral medications and should be taken for 28 days.

Your doctor will determine what treatment is right for you based on how you were exposed to HIV. The medications have serious side effects that can make it difficult to finish the program.

PEP is not 100% effective; it does not guarantee that someone exposed to HIV will not become infected with HIV

PEP can also be used to treat people who may have been exposed to HIV by accident (e.g., condom breakage) or sexual assault.


HACO JOINS NOROWARE OSULA HEALTH FOUNDATION ON HIV PREVENTION PROJECT IN NIGERIA – JOIN IN THE FIGHT, HELP US HELP THEM.

– HIV prevention talk in a Rural area in Edo State, Nigeria.

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Noroware Osula Health Foundation was founded in 2005 by Tina Niye Murphy who is also the founder and Director of Health Action Charity Organisation (HACO) based in the United Kingdom. HIV and all aspect of health form the core of our services, we offer generic health services based on a holistic approach and our services are available to all communities. NOHF deliver high quality health promotion services, through the provision of information, preventative advice, support and advocacy on health issues. Visit NOHF

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– Giving HIV prevention information to in school youths at Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.


Our Sponsors

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Thank you for doing something wonderful – choosing to support the work of HACO. Without your support, we would be unable to help our community. Whether you are an individual, trust or company , your thoughtful support is enabling our teams to make a lasting impact on the lives of African people affected or infected by HIV in Medway .

On behalf of them all, the following organisations should accept our sincerest thanks and gratitude.

Lloyds TSB Foundation
NAHIP ( Partnership)
AIDS Support Grant
Medway Council
Award for All
Kent Community Foundation
Lankeley Chase Foundation
Co-operative Group South East Region
CDF (CCPLUS)
Medway PCT
Eastern & coastal Kent PCT


SAFER Houses Scheme (Free Condom Distribution Project)

Aims and Objectives of the “Safer houses” Scheme

The “Safer houses” scheme seeks to:

  1. Engage African communities who are infected with HIV to become condom friendly- enabling them to use the right condom for sexual activity thereby reducing the onward transmission of the virus
  2. Distribute condoms to Africans who otherwise would not have used condoms – asking for feed back from them on problems re: condom use
  3. Meet with student groups and distributing condoms to them. Majority of the existing people living with HIV generated from the student population

For significant shifts in behaviour to occur, there must be broad agreement within communities that HIV is real and undesirable and that safer sex is necessary and desirable hence this project.

HIV / STIs is not equally distributed among the population. Britain’s African communities have been particularly badly affected by HIV/AIDS. Although gay men remain at greatest risk of acquiring the infection, the number of people who have acquired the infection heterosexually has risen. (House of Commons 2003)


HACO Youths (HACOY)

HACO Youth started in October 2008 with the hopes of educating African youth with the history and legacies of their cultures. The project leaders recognised that in uniting African youth it meant not just African immigrant youth but all African youth.

HACOY is passionate about uniting all youth in the struggle for equality and understanding. Its members strongly believe that no matter where you come from we are all members of the same family, the human family.

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African Life Project -The Concept & Objectives

To commemorate the Black History Month, HACO Trustees, staff and volunteers, the  HACO Youth and other stakeholders held a series of meetings to deliberate on what contribution HACO could make to mark the occasion. It was during these interactions that the “African Life Project” was conceptualised.

The need to educate both Africans and non-Africans in Medway Kent about some aspects of the rich African culture was identified as an essential tool:

  • to make African Children proud of their rich cultural heritage,
  • to boost the self-esteem and confidence of African children for a smoother integration in a multi-racial environment,
  • to create awareness and understanding of some African cultural practices to both Africans and non-Africans in the target area,
  • to encourage inter-ethnic tolerance both in schools and in the communities within the target area,
  • to share ideas and identify the best practice in teaching culture as part of the National Curriculum,
  • to acknowledge and celebrate the richness of the diverse cultures within schools and the local communities

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