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The ACB Strategy
On September 27, 2013, ACCHO launched the Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 (the ACB Strategy). This new Strategy replaces the  previous Strategy to Address Issues Related to HIV Faced by People in Ontario from Countries Where HIV is Endemicwhich was developed by the HIV Endemic Task Force (HETF) and officially launched in 2005. This Strategy was the first of its kind in Ontario (and Canada).

The renewed ACB Strategy provides a framework for the response to HIV/AIDS in Ontario’s African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) communities in the areas of prevention, education, policy, health promotion, care, support and research by:

  1. Guiding the work of agencies, institutions and policy makers working with and for ACB communities.
  2. Promoting community development in response to HIV/AIDS challenges.
  3. Identifying research needs, priorities and opportunities to inform the response.
The current ACB Strategy recognizes that it is important to focus not only on ACB people’s risk behaviours, but rather on understanding their lived experience in relationship to the social determinants of health and offer supports that address the root causes of HIV/AIDS. While building on past successes across the province, the new ACB Strategy lays out key strategic areas of action at the individual and family, community and provincial levels.
There are 14 positions located in 13 agencies across Southern Ontario specifically funded to implement the ACB Strategy:

Wesley Jordan Oakes
Prevention Coordinator

Africans in Partnership Against AIDS (APAA)

Priscilla Muzira
African & Caribbean Strategy Coordinator

AIDS Committee of Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo and Area (ACCKWA)

Dane Record
Black African-Caribbean Outreach Coordinator

AIDS Committee of Durham Region (ACDR)

Haoua Inoua
African Caribbean Support Worker

AIDS Committee of Ottawa (ACO)

Dane Macri
African Caribbean Black Outreach Coordinator

AIDS Committee of Windsor (ACW)

Garfield Durrant
MSM Prevention Coordinator

Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)

Mary Yehdego
Prevention Coordinator
Black Coalition for AIDS Prevention (Black CAP)
Théonille Mukabarasi
Case manager HIV/AIDS
Centre francophone de Toronto (CFT)

Alexander Asamoah
African Caribbean Black (ACB) Health Promotion Coordinator

Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN)

Winnie Murombedzi
Education & Support Coordinator
Positive Living Niagara

Mercy Nleya
Multicultural HIV Prevention Coordinator

Regional HIV/AIDS Connection (RHAC, formerly AIDS Committee of London)

Solomon Lome
African & Caribbean HIV Prevention Strategy Worker

Somerset West Community Health Centre (SWCHC)

Nomvelo Nkomo
African Caribbean Community Outreach Worker

The AIDS Network (TAN)

Marvelous Muchenje-Marisa
Community Health Coordinator
Women's Health in Women's Hands Community Health Centre (WHIWH)