The ACB Strategy

On September 27, 2013, ACCHO launched the Ontario HIV/AIDS Strategy for African, Caribbean and Black Communities 2013-2018 Extended to 2021 (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 Endemic, which 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.