The One Voice Network (OVN), launched in June 2020, is an independent collective of Black-led community organisations and allies, seeking to improve the health and wellbeing of Black communities in the UK who are affected by HIV.
The network “provides clear vision and strategic leadership and a unique platform for black communities to play a more active role in HIV policy and practice”, its website says. The new group has a three-part mission statement:
- To end new HIV transmissions and to stop late diagnosis among Black communities, especially among Black Africans and Black Caribbeans in the UK.
- To empower, support and amplify the voices of Black people affected by HIV in the UK to have healthy and fulfilled lives.
- To provide a mechanism for the voices and views of Black people to shape the health and care services that are intended for them.
The key priorities include the impact of COVID-19 on Black communities, PrEP commissioning (facilitating access to PrEP for the Black community), and increasing awareness and acceptance of the U=U message among Black and migrant communities.
The Chair of the new network is Deryck Browne, who is CEO of African health Policy Network. The Vice-Chair is the Reverend Jide Macaulay, the founding Pastor and CEO of House Of Rainbow CIC.