The African and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) is a provincial organization that provides strategic leadership in response to HIV/AIDS in African, Caribbean, and Black (ACB) communities in Ontario. ACCHO came into existence as a result of the disproportionate impact of HIV/AIDS within ACB communities due to anti-Black racism and other social and economic determinants of health. We are committed to facilitating systemic change that will amplify the voices and better the lives of ACB people living with, affected by, or at risk of HIV/AIDS.
We respond to HIV/AIDS within ACB communities using an intersectional approach to our work, including the meaningful involvement and engagement of ACB people living with HIV/AIDS, a continually-evolving analysis of anti-Black racism and other overlapping systems of oppression.
In 2013, ACCHO launched the Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 (the ACB Strategy) – extended to 2021 – replacing the previous Strategy to Address Issues Related to HIV Faced by People in Ontario From Countries Where HIV is Endemic, launched in 2005.
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.
The first of its kind in Canada. A Springboard for groundbreaking, innovative, and necessary HIV/AIDS responses in ACB community.2005
to implement the strategy and is officially launched with the support of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long –Term Care and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).2005
This was a partnership between ACCHO, Women's Health in Women's Hands (WHIWH) Community Health Centre and the Ontario HIV Treatment Network. The Summit brought together researchers, service providers, policy makers, PHAs and community members to network, share knowledge and develop research priorities.2006-2016
The "Keep It Alive" campaign was a direct response to a directive contained in the ACB Strategy to "Break the silence and create a supportive environment for prevention work," coupled with the results from ACCHO's research HIV/AIDS Stigma, Denial, Fear and Discrimination: Experiences and Responses of People from African and Caribbean Communities in Toronto.2006
A call to action to members of the African, Caribbean and Black community. It is a clear statement of one’s position to support and welcome people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS.2016
An HIV testing initiative encouraging ACB women in Ontario to make HIV testing a part of their radical selfcare.2019
ACB Strategy Worker is an in-house harmonized term used only by ACCHO to identify the designated positions funded by the AIDS Bureau to support the implementation of the ACB Strategy.
There are 15 ACCHO ACB Strategy Workers in 14 agencies across Ontario that support our local ACB communities. Get in touch with a Strategy Worker near you to get information and support on HIV testing, prevention, treatment, and care.
With leadership from ACB Strategy Workers in agencies across Ontario, communities have taken up the challenge and are doing their part to reduce the growing number of infections in the ACB population and to meet the needs of ACB people living with, or at risk for HIV/AIDS. Despite these important and significant efforts, much remains to be done.