The AHPN leads and delivers campaigns and activities. We have a history of successful campaigns because our work is rooted in research, consultation and engaging the African community. Historically, the AHPN has led campaigns to improve the lives of Africans living with HIV in the UK, on topics including immigration, stigma and discrimination, faith, media and human rights. Our campaigns have led to improvements in services and have made a positive difference to the lives of many.
Current and recent campaigns include:
Destination Unknown is our campaign on the impact of immigration and deportation on African people living with HIV. Through the campaign, we have taken action to call on the Home Office to delay the deportation of people living with HIV from the UK. See our reports Returned to Risk (co-authored) and From a Destination Unknown to a Safe Place.
Changing Perspectives is about raising awareness and changing the perception of stigmatised long term health conditions among African communities. We achieve this through work with faith communities, the media, the government, and people living with and affected by these conditions. We have developed resources for faith leaders (both Muslim and Christian) to support them in raising awareness of HIV, challenging stigma, and changing perspectives.
Start the Press is a ground-breaking campaign and report challenging African communities in the UK and the media to combat stigma around HIV and AIDS.
Changing perspectives through Church Champions was a project funded by Time to Change. The project aimed to break down mental health stigma and discrimination by starting meaningful and open conversations about mental illness. Our Church Champions were African and Caribbean men and women who had firsthand experience with mental illnesses. Our Church Champions visited Churches across England discussing mental health, urging congregations to talk openly with friends and family about mental illnesses. All of our Church Champions reported being warmly welcomed into all of the churches they visited, with many congregation members commenting on the importance of African and Caribbean people visiting places of worship discussing issues that for many communities are still considered ‘taboo’.
Mission Our Chu....pdf
Mission, Our churches, Our Response
The Politics of....pdf
The politics of HIV and the voice of the church