The AHPN is the leading organisation that influences policy on health and wellbeing issues that affect Africans living in the UK. We are a national health policy organisation, working with and within diverse African communities across the UK to improve the health and wellbeing of Africans. As a membership organisation, our policy work is carried out through engagement and consultation with our membership networks and communities. We believe in meaningful and effective collaboration and partnership working. We influence policy by lobbying, campaigning and advocating at local, regional and national levels.
AHPN’s policy work is focussed on reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes using a culturally appropriate and sensitive approach. The priority health conditions for our work are:
Health inequalities for Africans, in prevalence, outcomes, patient experience and access to services exist across all of these conditions. Africans account for 35% of new HIV diagnoses each year and accounted for 18% of reported cases of TB in the UK in 2011; African and African-Caribbean people in the UK are up to three times more likely than the general population to have Type 2 diabetes; British black women present on average 21 years younger than white women with breast cancer; prostate cancer is three times more common in black men than white men; and African people are twice as likely as Europeans to have a stroke.
For a complete overview of our policy work, see our AHPN Policy Position 2013.