To support the federal recognition of NAIRHHA Day as a federal health observance U.S. Congresspeople Reps. Johnson, Meng, Lee, and 11 of their colleagues sent a letter on September 9, 2022, to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services requesting support for the designation of September 9th as “National African Immigrant and Refugee HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness (NAIRHHA) Day. The letter highlights the fact that no existing HIV/AIDS awareness day addresses the distinct factors influencing the high rates of HIV and viral hepatitis among African immigrants and refugees, and also the positive impact a federal recognition will have on awareness efforts in the African immigrants and refugees community. Please read and share the full letter and the list of co-signers.

Translated Sign-On Letters

Leading Organizations

  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC)
  • Africans for Improved Access (AFIA) Program
  • Hepatitis B Foundation
  • Coalition against Hepatitis for People of African Origin (CHIPO)