A Statement from the Executive Director

Dear Friends:

To describe these as challenging times is the greatest of understatements. While struggling under the weight of oppressive policies that have resulted in, among other things, more people losing their healthcare benefits; more deaths from opioid abuse and more people forced to survive on the streets, we are confronted by yet another pandemic, COVID-19,  that the modern world has not seen since, well, HIV/AIDS.

While we have made considerable progress, in the latter, we have a long way to go with the former. With the most recent manifestation of murder of three unarmed black people at the hands of the police, it is no surprise that cities across the United States have exploded in pain, anger and hopelessness.

The U.S. was born and raised on protest, going back to the Boston Tea party, the Civil Rights movement, and more recently protests for gun control and against police violence. Sadly, this country also carries the weight of systemic racism and oppression against people of color (POC) that has helped to richly reward the few, while starving and subjugating the many.

Bebashi too, was founded out of protest against the lack of attention to and allocation of resources for POC at the beginning of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Since that time in 1985, Bebashi has joined our communities, in our communities, to address the social determinants of health that have made POC more vulnerable to all the ills of our society, including COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS.

We at Bebashi, stand in solidarity with the spirit of peaceful protest against that systemic oppression and condemn those who would use this opportunity to sew mayhem. We also pledge to continue our mission to advocate for social justice so until there are no longer “second class citizens” in the country. Through this time of despair, we will continue to help our communities Transition to Hope.

Be Well and Stay Safe.

Gary Bell, Executive Director

About Us

Our Mission

Our mission is to empower people to enhance the quality of their health and overall well-being by providing access to culturally sensitive high quality healthcare, HIV/AIDS services, health education, and social services.

Our Impact

In the past year Bebashi provided:

  • 20,000 People and families with care
  • 2,266 Tests for other STIs
  • 966 Hepatitis C Tests

Our Annual Report

Want to read more about 2018's mission and impact? Download Bebashi's Annual Report outlining our progress and outcomes.


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You’re Not Alone

  • 5X the national average Philadelphians are being infected with HIV
  • 22% of Philadelphians are “food insecure” meaning they lack access to enough food for a “healthy, active life.”
  • 1 in 8 US women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

Bebashi is working to eliminate these problems.  Contact us to learn how we can help you.

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