The Network Office
The Network Office for HIV and Migration has been in Berlin since 2004. It is a project of regional association VIA, Regionalverband Berlin/Brandenburg e.V., a regional association in Berlin/Brandenburg, funded by the Senate Office of Science, Health, Care.
Wir als Mitarbeiter*innen der Netzwerkstelle setzen uns dafür ein, dass Menschen mit Migrations- oder Fluchtbiografien im Bereich der sexuellen und reproduktiven Gesundheit optimal erreicht werden, vor allem im Bereich der HIV-Prävention. Migration ist für uns ein Querschnittsthema, das in allen Bereichen mitgedacht werden muss, nicht nur im Bereich der gesundheitlichen Versorgung.
We provide information, facilitate experts, advise and develop innovative projects together with people from the target groups and our partner organisations such as Youth 4 Youth, or HIV prevention by and for refugees. We connect
and cooperate with other regional and national actors in the fields of migration, HIV prevention and sexual and reproductive health.
„Fast-Track-City-Initiative to end Aids"
An important focus of the network office is “Zero Stigma”, a cutback on HIV-realted and racial discrimination, within the framework of the international „Fast-Track-City-Initiative to end Aids" Berlin joined this international network of cities to end AIDS by 2030 in 2016. The network office has been coordinating the Berlin Fast Track City Network since 2022. This network of committed individuals and organizations was founded in 2022 as a result of the Fast Track City summit in Berlin.
Health is a human right!
Everyone has the right to health care without discrimination!
No-one should be faced with discrimination when it comes to health care or health services, for reasons such as race, language, religion, physical characteristics, residency status, socio-economic status, sexual identity or orientation. Health care includes the areas of prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
It is still more difficult to reach immigrants than the general population in Germany, although Germany recognizes the human right to a high standard in health in several agreements, see UN Social Pact 1966 (Article 12), CEDAW, International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, EU Fundamental Rights Charter.
The focus of our work is on sexual and reproductive health, which we define according to the World Health Organization (WHO) as “a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to sexuality and not just the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity”. A positive and respectful attitude towards sexuality and sexual relationships and the opportunity to have pleasant and safe sexual experiences free from constraint, discrimination and violence are central. Sexual health can only be achieved and maintained when the sexual rights of all people are respected, protected and fulfilled”. This includes access to information, counseling and other services.
The Netzwerkstelle HIV und Migration is a project from the Verband für Interkulturelle Arbeit (VIA), Regionalverband Berlin/ Brandenburg e. V. The production was made possible through generous funding from Senate Office of Science, Health, Care.