The Impact of HIV in East Africans Living in the United States. Meti Duressa, MSW David Lee, MSW, MPH. Sponsoring Organizations. African American Reach & Teach Health Ministry (AARTH) Northwest AIDS Education & Training Center (NW AETC). PIFs and Evaluation Forms.
The Impact of HIV in East Africans Living in the United States
Meti Duressa, MSW
David Lee, MSW, MPH
African American Reach & Teach
Health Ministry (AARTH)
Northwest AIDS Education & Training
Center (NW AETC)
PIFs and Evaluation Forms
State and County Census
2000 numbers from Decennial Census
2005 Numbers from American Community Survey
Public Health Seattle King County, 12/31/2006
Jim Kent, Public Health Seattle King County
Back home when there is a death, the immediate family usually isn't told right away. An elder is called upon to deliver the news. The Ethiopian CCM explained, "If a death happened in my family back home, my husband or my husband's family would be informed first, and they would tell me at the right time, early in the morning before I left the house." (www.ethnomed.org)
Back home, the news of death is orchestrated very carefully. If someone dies late in the day, the news is kept quiet, because there is not enough time left in the day to organize the burial. The announcement of the death is made the next morning when there is enough time for people to prepare for the burial.
Sometimes, family members may know of a loved one's death but remain quiet if it happens late in the day, in order to give enough time for people to organize. Burials don't happen after 4:00 PM, so a person who dies later in the day will be buried the next day. A burial may happen on the same day as death when the death happens early in the day. The services may last all night long.
When there is a death, the society is responsible for making the announcement and for taking care of all the organizational details of the funeral. In this way, death is a community responsibility. For three days after a death, a family doesn't have to do anything except to mourn. The society members prepare food.
Here in the United States, this news-telling tradition is not quite the same. A close friend or family relation, other than an immediate family member, is still told first. Often, this person is an elder.
Back home, the family will wash the body. Here, the funeral home washes the body and the family brings the clothing.” (www.ethnomed.org)
What are the barriers to accessing care?
Women are strong support
System for those exposed
Responsibility of raising
grandchildren for those lost
their parents to AIDS
Female genital circumcision
exposes to HIV/AIDS
rights one of the
consequences of AIDS