NAZ PROJECT RECEIVES £476,000 FROM BIG LOTTERY FOR WORK WITH BME PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS
NEWS RELEASE

19 September 2007

Naz Project London (NPL) has received a total three-year grant of £476,000 from the Big Lottery to expand its work with Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) people in London living with HIV/AIDS. NPL is London's largest and longest established BME initiated and led sexual health and HIV agency.

The funding will enable NPL to make a step change in its services for this group. It will be used to further mobilise BME communities around sexual health and HIV issues. The focus will be on enabling BME people living with HIV to self-manage the social and emotional consequences of living with HIV as much as the medical consequences. The service will also support BME HIV+ people and their families to become sexual health leaders and spokespersons in their communities.

So far, NPL's work with BME people living with HIV/AIDS targets Eritrean, Ethiopian, Muslim, Portuguese speaking, Somali, South Asian, and Spanish speaking Latin American communities in London.

Parminder Sekhon, NPL's Client Support Services Manager, states: "Receiving this Big Lottery grant at a time when services for HIV+ people are being decimated throughout the sector is a huge vote of support for the work we are doing with BME communities, some of whom are the most vulnerable and disadvantaged in London. We will continue as always to work collaboratively across London to create strong, empowered and visible communities of BME people living with HIV and AIDS."