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National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV & Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day

September 9

National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV & Hepatitis Awareness Day

On September 9th, we commemorate the  National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day. In honor of NAIRHHA Day, NASTAD, Hepatitis B Foundation, Coalition Against Hepatitis for People of African Origin, Multicultural AIDS Coalition, and the African Family Health Organization have partnered to develop this blog to encourage health department viral hepatitis programs to collaborate with community partners to initiate, expand, or re-establish initiatives designed to support and serve African immigrant communities affected by viral hepatitis and HIV.

Recognizing NAIRHHA Day is important in order to address the numerous barriers to prevention and treatment that African immigrants face. It was also founded to acknowledge the cultural and ethnic differences that influence how African-born individuals interact with their medical community and the concept of illness. The specific goals of the day of recognition include:

  • Raising awareness about HIV/AIDS and viral hepatitis to eliminate stigma;
  • Learning about ways to protect against HIV, viral hepatitis and other related diseases;
  • Taking control by encouraging screenings and treatment, including viral hepatitis vaccination;
  • Advocating for policies and practices that promote healthy African immigrant communities, families, and individuals.

September marks the unofficial beginning of National African Immigrant Heritage Month (NAIHM) – state and federal officials in over thirty states recognize September as NAIHM despite it not being federally declared –  which is why NAIRHHA Day is held on September 9th. Federal recognition would significantly boost awareness within the community and allow for the creation of much-needed resources like culturally sensitive education tools. It would also help to disseminate the important health messages on a larger, national scale.

For more information about NAIRHHA Day:

  • Follow NAIRHHA Day on Twitter @NAIRHHA
  • Check out our blog posts on NAIRHHA Day
  • Visit the CHIPO website for downloadable badges and infographics
  • Contact Chioma, Director of the Multicultural AIDS Coalition, at cnnaji@mac-boston.org to get involved in advocacy for NAIRHHA Day

If you would like to help organize an event, email us at news@hepfree.nyc.


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