Friday, 1 July 2011

Free family health event launches African community project

African music will herald the launch of an innovative community project 'Ubuntu' at a free family health event in Handsworth.

Birmingham's city wide sexual health promotion service is launching the project on Saturday 2 July 2011 at Handsworth Leisure Centre. Ubuntu will promote sexual health services to Birmingham’s African communities through community-based one-to-one and group sessions and outreach projects.

Mathew Nyashanu, Ubuntu co-ordinator, said: “The scheme is unique in that it targets the African community in Birmingham and bridges the gap in sexual health promotion. This is the opportunity for all Africans to come together and show their commitment to sexual health promotion initiatives across the city.

“Ubuntu means 'a person is a person through other people', the name was chosen to reflect the importance of family and community links in African culture, which can influence personal relationships and attitudes towards sexual health.”

The scheme will be working with Terrence Higgins Trust, the local African Forum and National African HIV Prevention Programme.

The African Family Health event will be taking place on Saturday 2 July at Handsworth Leisure Centre from 1pm till 9pm.

For further information on the Ubuntu project, please contact the sexual health promotion service on 0121 446 1088.

The sexual health promotion service is part of Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope hospitals.

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