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The African Health Policy Network

AHPN works to improve the health and wellbeing of the UK’s African population and to reduce health inequalities. We do this by influencing health policies, to ensure that the health needs of Africans are recognised and addressed in a meaningful way. We also work to identify and address the wider determinants of health and the causes of health inequalities.
In our Policy Position , we set out our thinking on the health inequalities affecting Africans in the UK and the steps that need to be taken to reduce these inequalities. Our publication "The Mental Health and Wellbeing of Africans in the UK" represents an important baseline of information on African mental health and emotional wellbeing in the UK and goes further by discussing how individuals in the African community interpret, express and address these issues.

We also work to raise awareness of services and ensure African people have equitable access. We have recently launched a campaign film to encourage greater take-up of pyschological therapies in African communities, particularly among older people. The film, Older Minds Monologues, is available to view above.

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The articles written for our commentary posts are a distillation of information, views and comment passed to the AHPN CEO by our membership. They are not necessarily the views of AHPN

Health of the nation lies in the diaspora

AHPN believes that health is not an accident, it is an outcome. In addition there are structural, social, economic, cultural and individual 'intersecting' factors which will impact on this outcome. In order to understand, and address, the outcomes it is necessary to understand the causal factors involved. The recent killings at the church in Charleston, South Carolina, reveal the burning white hot racist heat that lies at the heart of modern America and follow hard on the heels of a multitude of police slayings of Black men, unarmed and apparently executed...Read more

Mediterranean migrant crisis and the transatlantic slave trade-the uncomfortable parallel

Italy’s PM, Matteo Renzi, has compared the smuggling of migrants across the Mediterranean to the trade in African captives, which officially ended in 1807. He said: “When we say we are in the presence of slavery we are not using the word just for effect. The point is that we can’t accept this kind of trade in human lives...” Read more