Policy

The AHPN is the leading organisation that influences policy on health and wellbeing issues that affect Africans living in the UK.

As a membership organisation, our policy positions are determined by community engagement and consultations with those who will be affected by a policy. We believe in meaningful collaboration and effective partnership working with other organisations working towards the same goals. This means the AHPN represents many voices in the policy arena.

We influence policy by lobbying, campaigning and advocating at local, regional and national levels.



AHPN's health policy stance is focused on reducing health inequalities and improving health outcomes using a culturally appropriate and sensitive approach.

Health conditions

Multiple Myeloma

Evidence worryingly suggests Black people in Europe to be at an elevated risk of Multiple myeloma.

HIV and sexual health

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

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.

Tuberculosis

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.

Stroke

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.

Diabetes

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.

Cancer

The disproportionate levels of breast and prostate cancer in people of African origin warrant a specific, targeted and immediate response.