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Focus on NAHIP

The national programme of HIV prevention initiatives targeting Africans in England

In 1997, the Department of Health (DoH), through Enfield & Haringey Health Authority, commissioned several HIV primary prevention interventions in England and Wales to address known and undiagnosed HIV infection in relatively recently arrived African populations. In October 2001, the DoH entrusted the African HIV Policy Network, an African led organisation, with the management of the £400,000 project. The National African HIV Prevention Programme, or NAHIP as it has come to be known, commenced formally with the appointment of Lillian Ndawula as Project Manager. An advisory group made up of professionals from health promotion, research, policy, community groups, epidemiology, behavioural science and the DoH assists in the strategic management of the programme.

In June 2003 NAHIP began developing a multi-agency collaborative health promotion network to deliver national HIV interventions. Voluntary organisations with experience in HIV prevention and health promotion with African communities were asked to submit statements of interest in order to form a working partnership with NAHIP. Ten organisations were recruited through a selection process overseen by the NAHIP Advisory group and have since been working together to produce a range of resources to be used in HIV prevention campaigns. Key NAHIP and partner organisation activities are highlighted here. For further information and to download resources please visit the NAHIP website: www.nahip.org.uk


“It’s better to know” HIV testing awareness Campaign

NAHIP partners came together in 2004 to deliver a campaign designed to raise awareness and provide information to encourage HIV testing among African communities. The aim was to reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed HIV and STI infection among African communities in England. The campaign consisted of mass media activities such as press advertising in African magazines and the dissemination of campaign materials through outreach activities. The campaign materials, developed by one of the NAHIP partners, included booklets, posters and minicards printed in English, French, Arabic, Amharic, Swahili and Portuguese. NAHIP used the novel approach of commissioning partner organisations to deliver the national campaign in their respective areas (22 sites in total), in addition to the national mass media schedule. Partners were given freedom to choose how they disseminated the campaign materials and a number of partners developed proposals, which involved community outreach activities such as football matches, student parties and Valentines Day dances. The Migration Ethnicity and Sexual Health (MESH) Programme evaluation team, based at University College London, used a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to measure the extent to which the campaign’s objective were achieved.

It's better to know campaign booklet

It's better to know camaign poster

NAHIP HIV Health Promotion Skills Development and Training Course

In March 2004 NAHIP commissioned one of its partner organisations, Naz Project London, together with the MESH Programme at UCL, to deliver a NAHIP accredited training course aimed at people working with African communities in the UK. The course is divided into three sections, comprised of seven stand-alone modules that combine to provide a comprehensive set of skills to be used when planning or implementing HIV prevention initiatives. Each section enables participants to develop a specific set of skills and participants that complete all modules in a given section receive a certificate confirming their attainment of the skills in that area.

The course began in April 2005 with the foundation modules, which aim to give participants the knowledge and understanding of key components of HIV prevention with African Communities. More advanced modules focusing on evidence based planning, monitoring and evaluation of interventions will take place in the latter half of 2005.

Doing it well: A good practice guide for choosing and implementing community-based HIV prevention interventions with African communities in England.

Making good use of the ASTOR model, this book provides examples of a range of interventions that can be targeted at African communities. The large format style with plenty of tables and diagrams, allows the book to double as a quick reference guide. Additionally, sample evaluation and monitoring forms are provided for readers to photocopy and use when implementing their interventions. This excellent handbook is simple to use and invaluable to those thinking of delivering prevention initiatives to African communities in England. The handbook is primarily targeted at African community-based HIV prevention providers, but other professionals providing community-based HIV health promotion services to African communities will also find it useful. It may also have a role in the commissioning of community-based HIV prevention work with African communities.

Database of HIV/AIDS resources relevant to African people living in England.

This database, derived from the results of an audit carried out by Oxford Development Partnership, catalogues over 150 resources ranging from audio-visual materials to books and condoms. The database is available on a CD-ROM which is installed onto the users computer hard drive. Searches can be carried out by format, language, or topic, results can then be sorted by publisher, area or title. Individual records detail not only basic information such as the purpose of the resource and the target audience, but also evidence of impact and publisher and reviewer comments. Each record also provides information about how to obtain the resource from the publisher. The database is easy to install and comes with an easy to follow user guide.

“Beyond Condoms” Building a safer sex culture Campaign

NAHIP partners are developing a campaign that aims to reduce HIV infection by promoting a safer sex culture within African communities in England. The campaign will target various sup-populations. The production of campaign materials is already underway, and all partner organisations are involved in the design and pre-testing of the materials. Similar to the previous campaign, “Beyond Condoms” will allow partners to deliver the campaign in their respective areas (40 sites across England) in addition to a national mass media campaign. Once again the MESH team at UCL will be evaluating the campaign. The MESH team will be appointing an intern from a community organisation to gain practical hands-on evaluation experience. This unique opportunity will help build capacity and expertise in evaluation skills among African community organisations.