This project will raise awareness of domestic violence among the African communities in Medway, work with other service providers (housing, CAB, Shelter etc.) to meet their immediate needs. and also support victims by giving them relevant information about services that will provide them with both emotional and support through the transition of leaving the abusive partner.
We aim to:
• Work in partnership with service providers in mental health and substance use services to improve their ability to support survivors of violence and abuse.
• Develop new work that recognises combinations of disadvantage that go beyond mental health and problematic substance use.
• Influence policy makers in Medway to ensure that public policy solutions around multiple disadvantages reflect the experience of women and girls who have survived violence and abuse
We will do this through
Awareness and advocacy initiatives that will include a variety of programs to improve community response. Presenting information, enlisting community and religious organizations to spread information. This initiative will encourage victims to speak out and seek help
Training for Staff and volunteers and relevant up-to-date information on domestic abuse on our website
Survivor consultation, policy briefings, consultation responses and resources on working with people experiencing mental health problems and/or problematic substance use who are affected by gender-based violence and abuse.
A bi-monthly HACO e-newsletter on violence against women and girls for practitioners working with people affected by multiple disadvantages.
Providing information about services to address physical / emotional trauma by enabling women to leave an abusive relationship if need be.
Providing crisis hotline to call in an emergency. Women who have experienced domestic violence require social support in the forms of one-on-one and group therapy.
Providing adequate service to help women plan for and cope after leaving an abusive relationship because this can be exceedingly difficult, and the multiple disadvantages make it even more difficult.
Empowering victims to protect themselves from harm by providing information that will help women find temporary or permanent shelter, workforce training, and volunteering opportunities and legal advocacy.
Effecting policy work to embed the voices and views of people affected by multiple disadvantages and gender-based violence at a local level.
Working with local mental health organisations in Medway to improve mental health responses to domestic and sexual violence.
Improving access to housing for women affected by multiple disadvantages who are experiencing housing issues.
Developing an internal policy on partner notification of HIV status for clients in abusive relationship, 30% HIV positive women being abused started at the point of disclosing their status to their partners.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence can be physical, sexual, emotional, economic, or psychological actions or threats of actions that influence another person. This includes any behaviours that intimidate, manipulate, humiliate, isolate, frighten, terrorize, coerce, threaten, blame, hurt, injure, or wound someone.
Should I report Domestic Violence?
Whether you’re a victim of domestic violence or merely an observer, you should report domestic violence the moment the first punch is thrown. Call 911 immediately and tell the operator every detail you can about the abuser, the situation, and the violent acts performed, including whether or not a weapon was involved.

Women, HIV, and Violence
There are several ways in which violence and HIV are connected for women. Women who are abused or fear a violent response may not be comfortable asking their partner to use protection (e.g., a condom) during sex. Similarly, women in abusive relationships may not be comfortable saying no to sex if their abusive partner refuses to use protection when asked. Lastly, forced sex acts can cause cuts, scrapes, or tears that make it easier for HIV to enter the body. All of these issues can put women at higher risk for HIV and make living with HIV more difficult.

How to report Domestic Violence

Domestic abuse: how to get help

For more information on this service call us on 01634 844044 0r E-mail info@healthaction.co.uk

Wanted – help with survey on long-term use of prescription medicines

Adults in the UK who use antiretroviral prescription medicines for their long-term condition are being invited to take part in an anonymous on-line survey which is attempting to find out day-to-day experiences of medication use.
The questionnaire is being run by four final year students on an MPharm course at the Medway School of Pharmacy, which is part of the Universities of Greenwich and Kent in Medway.
The findings will support the Medicines Optimisation agenda developed by the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and endorsed by NHS England. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society initiative is supporting an NHS call for optimised use of medicines in order to improve people’s experiences of care.
The survey should only take 10 to 15 minutes to complete and it is being supervised by Dr Barbra Katusiime and Dr Rebecca Cassidy at the University of Kent.
You can find a link to the survey here:

https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_5i3kfpm6Qfk4GjPHowdoyoufeelaboutyourmedicines-page-001 (1)

Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP)


What Is Post-Exposure Prophylaxis?

PEP involves taking anti-HIV drugs as soon as possible after you may have been exposed to HIV to try to reduce the chance of becoming HIV positive

For a variety of reasons, people without HIV may engage in unprotected intercourse with a partner they know has HIV or who may have. Such situations include sexual assault, condom failure, the heat of the moment, and finding out a partner is HIV positive after sex.

In such circumstances people may benefit from post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP). In order to take PEP people need to know about it, to appreciate the costs and benefits of taking it, and to be able to access it and take it correctly.

To be effective, PEP must begin within 72 hours of exposure, before the virus has time to rapidly replicate in your body. PEP consists of 2-3 antiretroviral medications and should be taken for 28 days.

Your doctor will determine what treatment is right for you based on how you were exposed to HIV. The medications have serious side effects that can make it difficult to finish the program.

PEP is not 100% effective; it does not guarantee that someone exposed to HIV will not become infected with HIV

PEP can also be used to treat people who may have been exposed to HIV by accident (e.g., condom breakage) or sexual assault.


– HIV prevention talk in a Rural area in Edo State, Nigeria.


Noroware Osula Health Foundation was founded in 2005 by Tina Niye Murphy who is also the founder and Director of Health Action Charity Organisation (HACO) based in the United Kingdom. HIV and all aspect of health form the core of our services, we offer generic health services based on a holistic approach and our services are available to all communities. NOHF deliver high quality health promotion services, through the provision of information, preventative advice, support and advocacy on health issues. Visit NOHF


– Giving HIV prevention information to in school youths at Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of Edo State, Nigeria.

Our Sponsors


Thank you for doing something wonderful – choosing to support the work of HACO. Without your support, we would be unable to help our community. Whether you are an individual, trust or company , your thoughtful support is enabling our teams to make a lasting impact on the lives of African people affected or infected by HIV in Medway .

On behalf of them all, the following organisations should accept our sincerest thanks and gratitude.

Lloyds TSB Foundation
AIDS Support Grant
Medway Council
Award for All
Kent Community Foundation
Lankeley Chase Foundation
Co-operative Group South East Region
Active Community
Brook Trust
Heritage Lottery
Henry Smith Charity
Clothworkers Foundation
Community First

SAFER Houses Scheme (Free Condom Distribution Project)

Aims and Objectives of the “Safer houses” Scheme

The “Safer houses” scheme seeks to:

  1. Engage African communities who are infected with HIV to become condom friendly- enabling them to use the right condom for sexual activity thereby reducing the onward transmission of the virus
  2. Distribute condoms to Africans who otherwise would not have used condoms – asking for feed back from them on problems re: condom use
  3. Meet with student groups and distributing condoms to them. Majority of the existing people living with HIV generated from the student population

For significant shifts in behaviour to occur, there must be broad agreement within communities that HIV is real and undesirable and that safer sex is necessary and desirable hence this project.

HIV / STIs is not equally distributed among the population. Britain’s African communities have been particularly badly affected by HIV/AIDS. Although gay men remain at greatest risk of acquiring the infection, the number of people who have acquired the infection heterosexually has risen. (House of Commons 2003)


HACO Youth started in October 2008 with the hopes of educating African youth with the history and legacies of their cultures. The project leaders recognised that in uniting African youth it meant not just African immigrant youth but all African youth.

HACOY is passionate about uniting all youth in the struggle for equality and understanding. Its members strongly believe that no matter where you come from we are all members of the same family, the human family.

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African Life Project -The Concept & Objectives

To commemorate the Black History Month, HACO Trustees, staff and volunteers, the  HACO Youth and other stakeholders held a series of meetings to deliberate on what contribution HACO could make to mark the occasion. It was during these interactions that the “African Life Project” was conceptualised.

The need to educate both Africans and non-Africans in Medway Kent about some aspects of the rich African culture was identified as an essential tool:

  • to make African Children proud of their rich cultural heritage,
  • to boost the self-esteem and confidence of African children for a smoother integration in a multi-racial environment,
  • to create awareness and understanding of some African cultural practices to both Africans and non-Africans in the target area,
  • to encourage inter-ethnic tolerance both in schools and in the communities within the target area,
  • to share ideas and identify the best practice in teaching culture as part of the National Curriculum,
  • to acknowledge and celebrate the richness of the diverse cultures within schools and the local communities

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