Our Story


The Tulumbe! Project was initiated through the Pipeline to Proposal (P2P) Awards established by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). In less than two years, we have established a strong network of stakeholders and a realistic pathway to tackle issues fueling HIV inequalities among African immigrants – women, men, youth and families – living with or at high risk for HIV. Our partnership has identified 6 topics, each with a list of research questions, that are critical to addressing HIV among African immigrants in the United States.

Tulumbe! is housed at the Multicultural AIDS Coalition (MAC) under the Africans For Improved Access (AFIA) Program.

Learn more about our story: Year 1  |  Year 2

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to co-create a robust, sustainable and culturally integrated partnership that considers the unique contributions of patients, providers, community members, stake holders and researchers. We aim to reduce negative impacts of HIV among African immigrants through knowledge acquisition, stigma reduction, cultural awareness as well as engagement in care, services and research. Our work is grounded in social justice and addressing the root causes of HIV for African immigrants – this includes, but is not limited to, intersecting -isms such as racism, xenophobia and stigma.


The following values define how we collaboratively work together to achieve our mission.

  • Respect
  • Culture
  • Transparency
  • Collaboration
  • Diversity
  • Community
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Based on our values our guiding principles include:

  1. Ensuring that the African Immigrant Community is an active participant reducing HIV-related stigma, encouraging HIV prevention and improving the health of the community;
  2. Developing a robust research partnership that values and respects diverse expertise;
  3. Creating evidence-informed solutions to improve the health and welfare of African immigrants in Massachusetts.