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Support Program

Almost two-thirds of African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) people living with HIV (PHAs) in Ontario live in Toronto. With a growing number of Black people living with HIV, organizations like Black CAP are required to provide services to address increasingly complex care needs related to access to health care and treatment, disclosure, criminalization, nutrition, housing and others.

The program works to increase the capacity of PHAs to improve their own health and quality of life. The program also recognizes how challenging disclosure can be and the importance of privacy and confidentiality about one’s HIV status in Toronto’s Black community.

Objectives include:

  • To increase the ability of African, Caribbean and Black PHA to effectively manage their health by referring them to health and social services
  • To increase knowledge of African, Caribbean and Black PHA about issues that can affect their health status
  • To provide emotional support to reduce social isolation and provide peer-based programming

The Support Program provides the following services:

  • One –on-one counseling and support around HIV/AIDs related issues
  • Providing referrals and follow-up within the agency and other community agencies for legal, housing ,employment, immigration, pre-natal and health services, and appropriate long-term counseling
  • Client accompaniments to appointments, hospital and home visits
  • Childcare and emergency financial assistance are provided to those clients who qualify Monthly groups and workshops

This program is funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada – AIDS Community Action Program

Lucy Kagotho
Interim Peer Prevention Coordinator
Phone: 416-659-2591
Email: l.kagotho@black-cap.com

Sem Teklemariam
Women's Support Coordinator
Phone: 416-831.9729
Email: s.teklemariam@black-cap.com