Participatory Development of HIV Prevention with Migrants (PaKoMi)
A current challenge facing HIV prevention in Germany is developing appropriate HIV prevention services for vulnerable migrant communities. Meeting this challenge requires a close cooperation between researchers, service providers and migrant communities. This research project is investigating how locally-based participatory processes can be initiated and sustained for this purpose. The project is being conducted in cooperation with the Deutsche AIDS-Hilfe e.V. and stakeholders in various localities. The primary elements of the project are:
A quantitative survey of the local AIDS service organisations regarding their prevention activities for immigrant communities, including current services and partnerships with other stakeholders
Case studies at the local level investigating the forms of cooperation and participation taking place in the development of HIV prevention for immigrants
Development of participatory research methods which can be used at the local level to maximize the effectiveness of HIV prevention for immigrants
The research project has a mixed-method design, using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and is being implemented according to principles of community-based participatory research. Community members and service providers are involved at the local level. An advisory committee has also been formed for the project as a whole, composed of community members, researchers and other experts in the field.
Further information (in German):
PaKoMi project website