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policy & Advocacy

In addition to our programmatic work improving sexual health equality, NAZ addresses these sexual health inequalities through influencing policy and practice. We promote the needs of our communities to the government, health providers and other Third Sector organisations with the aim of sharing best practice and ensuring appropriate service provision.

 

In order to achieve change, we undertake research to provide an evidence base to influence policy, contribute to policy consultations on sexual health matters and carry out service evaluations. We also work with other organisations to better meet the needs of the communities we serve.

what we are doing right now

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The joint National AIDS Trust and One Voice Network report “Unheard Voices: Understanding the landscape of London HIV commissioning and community involvement of Black African and Caribbean communities” is out now. NAZ is proud to be a member of the One Voice Network and a contributor to this report, a report that underlines the need and advantage of using co-production in service development and commissioning practices.

 

Black African and Caribbean communities are disproportionately affected by HIV experiencing the highest rates of new and late HIV diagnosis and lower rates of PrEP uptake and awareness by Black women and straight men. They face structural barriers to accessing health and social services including language barriers, high rates of poverty and precarious income, and fear of retribution due to immigration status alongside other Global Majority communities. Including Black African and Caribbean communities living with and affected by HIV in the co-production of services and programmes utilises and compensates their expertise and knowledge, building sustainable, evidence-based interventions, equity, and positive health outcomes.  

We hope that local commissioners and all organisations involved with service design will reflect on the findings and recommendations in the "Unheard Voices" report.

what we have done before

"Without NAZ Latina, initial access to healthcare would be incredibly difficult and intimidating.  Carlos makes it seamless, providing individuals with all the necessary resources on how to navigate UK systems including how to register with a GP."

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