Celebrating Our Health


Celebrating Our Health

Philadelphia, PA – On Sunday September 25th, 2011, the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO) in collaboration with the Malian Women Association of Philadelphia (AMAFEP), the Inter-African committee USA (IAC-USA), the Women’s Empowerment Center and the Mayors Commission on African and Caribbean Affairs will host its second annual African and Caribbean Health Forum with the theme “Celebrating Our Heath” from 10:00 am to 6:00pm at the Women Empowerment Initiative at 4950 Aspen Street, Philadelphia PA 19139.

This health forum will offer culturally and linguistically appropriate health education to community members, provide the opportunity for participants to question health experts and create dialogue around pertinent health issues affecting the African and Caribbean immigrant community. There will also be health professionals from the community to provide FREE Health screenings and education such as: HIV education & testing, dental checks, vision, blood pressure, diabetes, cholesterol screenings, Hepatitis education, testing and vaccination. All clients needing additional care based on screening results will be linked to medical care with assistance by AFAHO staff.

This forum is being co-sponsored by The Philadelphia Activities Fund, Councilwoman Jannie Blackwells’ office, The Hepatitis B Foundation & HepTREC-USP; Thomas Jefferson Medical College; the AIDS Care Group; the Women’s Empowerment Initiative; Immigration Law offices of Hogan & Vandenberg LLC; GILEAD & Abbott Pharmaceuticals.

Malian children will give us a taste of their culture, followed by a Fashion Show.

About the African Family Health Organization (AFAHO):

AFAHO was founded in 2003 by Ms. Tiguida Kaba to address unmet health care and social needs among members of the African and Caribbean immigrant and refugee communities in the Philadelphia area who experience difficulties accessing healthcare and social services due to cultural, geographic, linguistic, and other barriers. AFAHO assists, serves and empowers members of these communities in order to improve their access to these services. AFAHO has made a positive difference in the lives of individuals and families from the African and Caribbean immigrant’s community in Philadelphia.

We welcome everyone to this great community health forum.