HIV positive & no access to treatmentNo access to HIV related informationHIV positive & no medical insuranceI don't understand the languageHIV positive & no papersAway from family & depressed Sex worker but no condoms availableUnable to find an understanding doctor or counsellorFear of being deported if HIV positiveDrug addicted & need to talk to somebodyWhat are my rights?My neighbours don't like foreignersHIV positive & discriminated at work

MiSSA Network Cologne

Our Mission

Ensuring that everyone has an equal opportunity to accessing healthcare, dispelling myths and taboos about HIV/AIDS and ending stigma and discrimination in relation to HIV/AIDS.

Core pillars of MiSSA Netzwerk Köln

MiSSA makes a diffrence to migrants

Designing HIV information in the languages that migrants feel most at ease with when making decisions about their health and personal behaviour.

Ensuring that all people on the move citizens and non-citizens alike have access to essential HIV services.

Designing programmes that are responsive to migrants’ different backgrounds and needs.

Recognizing the increased vulnerability of women migrants in national AIDS strategies and including programmes to reach mobile populations with effective HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services.

Connecting with people, helping migrants with integration, fighting against prejudice and unequal treatment. Fighting against taboos and exclusion.

Contact MiSSA Cologne

Brenda Boke Viebahn : Projektmitarbeiterin Netzwerk MiSSA Köln

Brenda Boke Viebahn

Projektmitarbeiterin Netzwerk MiSSA Köln
Telefon: 0173 56 09 336

MiSSA Cologne offers

It is aimed at accelerating positive behaviour change. Health education presents information to target populations on particular health topics, including the health benefits /threats they face, and provides tools to build capacity and support behaviour change in an appropriate setting.

Counselling helps one cope with mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and other health conditions such as HIV/AIDS

We offer self-testing kits, rapid test, laboratory test, and PCR test which is conducted by the checkpoint.

MiSSA Netzwerk Köln provides comprehensive and coordinated network of HIV primary care and treatment services to HIV positive individuals through doctor referrals.

Making condoms widely available through condom distribution programs is integral to successful HIV prevention. It is a prevention strategy that helps increase the availability, accessibility, and acceptability of condoms in an effort to prevent HIV and STI transmission.

Facilitating referrals for substance abuse, treatment, and special medical care.

Facilitating referrals for PEP and PrEP medication

Peer education is a powerful strategy to promote positive behaviour change. It provides migrants with facts about sexual and reproductive health, STIs and HIV/AIDS, drugs, and alcohol in order for them to make well informed and healthy choices.


MiSSA Netzwerk Köln is located at

Aidshilfe Köln
Pipinstraße 7 (see on Google Maps)
50667 Köln
KVB: Heumarkt

Anyone who is experiencing repeated emotional problems that is interfering with their day-to-day life

Women migrants employed in lower skilled jobs within the manufacturing, domestic service or entertainment sectors are often undocumented and have little access to health services. This leaves them particularly vulnerable to HIV and they are susceptible to exploitation.

Female migrants in transit may be forced to engage in transactional and unprotected sex to facilitate their border crossing.

Social, economic, and political factors in both the country of origin and destination countries influence migrants’ risk of HIV infection.

Migrants may acquire HIV in their country of destination or while in transit and often face a specific vulnerability to HIV related to their status as a migrant.

Taboo has contributed to no one speaking about HIV/Aids, no one confesses to being affected by it, neither those infected nor their relatives.

Those who know they are infected, prefer to claim they are not suffering from HIV/Aids, some even claim to be bewitched.

MiSSA Netzwerk Köln

MiSSA (Migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa) is a project aimed at and run by migrants from sub-Saharan Africa who are engaged in health improvement and HIV prevention, community sensitization and dispelling myths and taboos about HIV/AIDS.

MiSSA Netzwerk Köln focuses on migrants from sub -Saharan Africa living in and around Cologne. Whatever their diverse reasons for travel, migrants often find themselves separated from their spouses, families, and familiar social and cultural norms. Migration can place migrants in situations of heightened vulnerability to HIV.

They may experience language barrier, substandard living conditions and a lack of social protection such as health insurance and other social security benefits.

The resulting isolation due to social exclusion and stress may lead migrants to engage in risky behaviours, such as unsafe sex or drug use.

MiSSA Netzwerk Köln acts as the contact persons for the communities since migrants are at an increased risk of various health conditions after migration due to social inequalities, structural factors and limited access to health services including HIV prevention, testing and care.