AIDS Calgary Awareness Association

AIDS Calgary Awareness Association

November 19, 2012 17:20 ET

AIDS Calgary Awareness Association: African Communities Project has Reached the Tipping Point

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 19, 2012) - AIDS Calgary Awareness Association (ACAA) will be highlighting our African communities project, 'Right to Know', at a community forum on World AIDS Day on December 1, 2012. ACAA will also be using this forum as an opportunity to show appreciation and recognition of key community partners, such as faith leaders and local businesses who have been a driving force of the success of the program.

The 'Right to Know' project, which has just celebrated its 2nd year, uses a participatory approach, actively seeking community involvement when dealing with HIV/AIDS issues in the newcomer communities. ACAA is making sure the community is defining the work we do, and that we are responsive to the community. Sipiwe Mapfumo, African Communities Project Coordinator, spearheads this project in Calgary with the support of an advisory committee made up of people from Sudan, Zimbabwe, Nigeria, and many other endemic countries.

In Alberta, the proportion of new HIV cases reported among individuals of "Black" ethnicity rose from 5.0% in 1998 to 29.9% in 2008. The cultural sensitivity of HIV/AIDS in many African communities remains a significant barrier to accessing education, prevention and support services.

ACAA is proud to use World AIDS Day to showcase the successes that the 'Right to Know' project has accomplished since its inception. African community members, faith groups, service providers and business partners are invited. Join us to honour World AIDS Day, share your ideas, and recognize the outstanding contribution of our partners in Calgary's African communities. Please join us in supporting our partners at Immigrant Services Calgary 910-7th Avenue SW on December 1, 2012 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. RSVP Appreciated. Contact Sipiwe Mapfumo at, or 403-616-2500.

AIDS Calgary is a local not-for-profit AIDS service organization that offers support services to individuals who are at-risk for, infected or affected by HIV/AIDS and provides prevention and education throughout the Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Bow Valley regions. For more information, please contact AIDS Calgary at (403) 508-2500 (or toll free at 1-877-440-2437) or online at

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