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Peer support training for African women living with HIV

One of life’s rewards is helping people in need. We know that when it comes to serious health issues it takes specialist treatment and it’s vital to get onto it before things spin out of control.

For women in African communities newly diagnosed with HIV it can be complicated finding that treatment. Peer support is a rewarding way for women to help other women find the treatment they need as well as being self-healing for the volunteer supporters.

“This grant will enable us to support and develop the skills and confidence of women from African diaspora communities in Victoria who are living with HIV to provide culturally appropriate peer-led support for the wider group of African women living with HIV, including those who are newly diagnosed. This essential peer-led approach will help foster community knowledge of and connections to social, health, and provide education, and employment opportunities for training participants and the women they go on to support”

– Heather Mugwagwa, Peer Engagement Coordinator, Positive Women Victoria

Organisation: Positive Women Victoria 
Sub-Fund: Humanitas Sub-Fund
Amount: $2,000
Year: 2018/19


Traditional models of community support have been less effective in reaching women from culturally diverse backgrounds. HIV positive African women have shown a strong desire to support each other and through this project they will act as volunteer peer support workers for other HIV positive women in their communities. The program will increase high-quality and culturally appropriate peer support for African women living with HIV and help them obtain more social, health, education and employment opportunities.

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