AHPN has broadened its strategic policy position to focus on improving the health and wellbeing of Africans living in the UK. This includes influencing and advocating for policies that address interlinked health conditions holistically. This change in direction follows AHPN members' own changing priorities locally.
There are still high rates of HIV amongst Africans in the UK, but recent improvements to HIV treatment mean that people living with HIV can expect to live longer. This is coupled with the documented susceptibility of people living with HIV to other related health conditions which means it is no longer possible to address HIV in isolation.
Other health conditions
The African community is also disproportionately and adversely affected by other health conditions, including sickle cell anaemia and heart disease. The AHPN's research and policy focus currently is on HIV and sexual health, tuberculosis, cancer, diabetes, stroke and mental health. However, as our work develops we continue to be led by our members and community and so will develop new work streams concentrating on other health conditions.
Multiple Myeloma: The silent killer in the community.
African community-led responses to HIV have achieved significant successes, and continue to represent the most effective means of responding to HIV in the African communities.
Mental health should be a public health priority.Black Africans have the highest rate of access to hospital in-patient care for those in contact with mental health services, at 16.5 per 100 mental health service users, compared with 8.5 in the White British group.
The African community in Britain is disproportionately affected by TB and the AHPN believes more should be done to ensure that people within this community are aware of the risks and treatment of TB.
Currently there is not enough research being done into the impact of Stroke on the African community or the extent to which Africans know about stroke and its risk factors.
African and African-Caribbean people are up to three times more likely than the general population to have Type 2 diabetes.AHPN notes the worrying evidence that Africans are at a twofold risk of diabetes – genetic and socio-economic.
The disproportionate levels of breast and prostate cancer in people of African origin warrant a specific, targeted and immediate response.