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News Release: Black Faith Leaders Conference talks about HIV.

Date: 21/10/2008           Category: Medway PCT

News Release: Black Faith Leaders Conference talks about HIV. The Healthy Action Charity Organisation (HACO) will transform a former trading building into an African market place. Rochester-based charity HACO works with black Africans across Kent and Medway affected and infected by HIV. On Thursday, 30 October, the group will hold an Oja Black Faith Leaders Conference at the Corn Exchange in High Street, Rochester, from 9.30am. The dress code is traditional African dress and the conference gives Africans, or supporters of Africans in Kent and Medway the chance to discuss what needs to be done to reduce HIV infection within the community. It will also give people the opportunity to talk about improvements to the services provided for people with HIV within our community. Oja means market place in Yoruba - the language spoken by people in the western part of Nigeria. The market is where villagers go to discuss issues. NHS Medway, in partnership with Medway Council and other organisations, is supporting the event. NHS Medway Sexual Health Manager Adam Lott said: “This event is truly unique. While NHS Medway has not funded this project specifically we do support HACO and have funded other projects by the group. We are indebted to HACO’s work at reaching out to minority groups within our community.” Tina Murphy, of HACO, said: “This event aims to encourage Africans and people involved or who support the African community to share good practice within the HIV sector while looking at ways to improve services for Africans in Kent and Medway living with HIV and how we can work together to reduce the rate of infection. HACO provides a one-stop peer support centre for people from the African community infected and/or affected by HIV.”