The frustrations of immigrants were powerfully voiced recently in front of 26 Federal Plaza as African Services' Bakary Tandia, along with ASC clients, joined immigrant families, area leaders and immigrant rights organizations in a massive human chain of solidarity.
African Services' co-executive director Kim Nichols recently returned from yet another eventful trip to Ethiopia, where she witnessed first hand all the exciting things she had been hearing about ASC's HIV testing and care clinics. Nichols' visit primarily focused on trips throughout the northern region of the country where ASC's three oldest clinics operate: Addis Ababa's Shola Market, Kombolcha, and Mekele.
African Services' Amanda Lugg and Bakary Tandia, along with ASC clients, travelled to Albany on May 6 to push for a single-payer health care system in New York. They rallied with groups from all over the state in support of New York Health bills A5389A (Assemblyman Richard N. Gottfried) and S2078A (Senator Bill Perkins), which aim at ensuring that all New Yorkers have access to medical insurance without exception.
African Services was featured in a new CDC Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report spotlighting our hepatitis B screening and linkage to care program.
"[ASC's] Community education efforts included outreach through mosques serving immigrants from Africa, visits to taxi garages to speak with drivers from West Africa, participating in French language 'conference-call radio' shows, and issuing radio public service announcements."