INA Foundation provides Kaupapa Māori, or Indigenous strength based approaches to; Reducing stigma and discrimination for whānau/Family living with and affected by HIV; Peer support and peer development - Whānau ora; Education about HIV as Health promotion to schools, groups, organisations and businesses; Advocacy for people living with HIV and Tuberculosis; Counselling and referral services; Public speaking training and opportunities including media training; Whānau support; Safe HIV disclosure services; Sexual and Reproductive Health and rights seminars; Conference planning; Networking - Nationally, Regionally and Internationally; Indigenous knowledge networks and links.
Stigma and Discrimination
We have found through our work and studies we've conducted that there is definitely four epidemics when it comes to HIV & TB - 1. HIV, 2. AIDS, 3. TB, 4. Stigma and Discrimination. Stigma is also external and internal. We hope to eliminate all stigma and discrimination for whānau living with and affected by HIV and TB.
HIV? AIDS? TB?
HIV = Human Immunodefiency Virus / AIDS = Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome / TB = Tuberculosis. What are these diseases and where can I find out more about them?
No One Left Behind
As an indigenous knowledges/kaupapa māori organisation, our strengths in responding to HIV for whānau/families is from a Tikanga Māori base. Or ethical cultural foundation. When working with whānau living with or affected by HIV, we incoporate these concepts.
How do prevent the spread of HIV or TB? Through education and understanding. INA Foundation provides all levels of HIV education throughout many sectors, groups and businesses. Knowledge is power, and not only knowing about HIV reduces the rates, it also reduces the incidences of stigma and discrimination for whānau living wtih HIV.
Stigma and discrimination comes in many forms, it can come from individuals, groups, health professionals and employers. If you feel you have been unjustly treated because of you HIV status or TB diagnoses, we urge you to talk to someone about it.
Peer support and peer development are two separate services for INA. Peer development involves people who have lived with HIV for a long time, have comes to terms with the psychological and physiological impact and are interested in being an advocate, activist or educator.
- The first deals with people who are newly diagnosed, need to have some support around services that available and to raise any areas of stigma and discrimination that we may be able to help with. INA has a wide network of service providers that we consider 'HIV friendly' and if we don't know of any in your area, we will find out for you.
- Peer development involves people who have lived with HIV for a long time, have comes to terms with the psychological and physiological impact and are interested in being an advocate, activist or educator. INA can provide individual and/or group training programs to facilitate this development. We also refer and link people to other programs that are available nationally, regionally and internationally.INA can provide individual and/or group training programs to facilitate this development. We also refer and link people to other programs that are available nationally, regionally and internationally.
- We are also a Whānau Ora provider, helping many whānau living with HIV to make plans and change their lives.
Our philosophy on Health Promotion, is always whoever needs the information we will give it regardless of where or the size. Therefore, we do one on one education prevention sessions, one family at a time, larger groups, very large groups, schools, businesses, whoever asks us to do some prevention education with them. We keep ourselves up to date with the latest technology, information, and accurate data, to ensure that the quality of the Health Promotion is excellent. If you would like us to provide you with more details on our Health promotion please contact us.