• About The African Health Policy Network (AHPN)

Who we are 



The AHPN is the leading policy organisation that influences policy on health and wellbeing issues that affect Africans in the UK.

We are a network of membership organisations and individuals with a common goal to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK's African population. The AHPN acts as a focal point and catalyst for individuals and organisations in the African community, providing platforms to share learning and experience, to influence policy and to speak with a collective voice.

AHPN is a company limited by guarantee. Company no. 3979511 and Registered Charity No.1088641

 Our mission, vision and values

The AHPN's mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of Africans living in the UK who are disproportionately affected by long term health conditions such as HIV, mental health, diabetes and obesity.

Our vision is to narrow the health inequality gap by ensuring that African communities in the UK have equal access to services, support and information. This is achieved through a human rights based approach that ensures that the design, delivery and monitoring of health and cares services are tailored around the needs of Africans in the UK.

Our values commit the AHPN to being a leading independent voice for achieving the human rights of Africans in the UK, through:

  • Inclusivity and involvement
  • Education and empowerment
  • Partnership and collaboration
  • Community focus and a global perspective.

Our priority areas of work on health are:

What we do

Policy: The AHPN influences policy through research, campaigning, lobbying and advocating. We ensure that the voices of Africans in the UK are represented in national health and wellbeing policies.

Programmes: We manage a flagship project of the Time to Change programme, tackling mental health stigma through working with churches and faith groups.

Membership: The AHPN has a growing membership of over 200 mostly African community-based organisations who work at local, regional and national levels in the UK.

Research: Our policy position is based on evidence, assessments and the contribution of the African HIV Research Forum, which the AHPN hosts.

Our other activities include a network of Africans living with and affected by HIV (Ffena), engaging with the media and faith work. Our work is always expanding; please explore the AHPN website for more.

Board of trustees and staff