Act4Africa is a health and education charity aiming to improve health, well being, gender justice and economic empowerment for women in Africa's poorest communities
Why we do what we doEvery 3 minutes someone in Africa is diagnosed with HIV.£1,000,000 an hour is spent by the World Health Organisation on treating HIV/AIDS and its complications.Gender violence is linked to HIV transmission through rape and reduces the ability of women and vulnerable men to discuss sex with their partners.Unequal right to property means that women may be forced out of their homes when widowed or diagnosed with HIV. This increases their vulnerability to illness and the need to undertake sex work.Unequal access to treatment means that fewer women than men are treated for HIV illnesses, directly increasing the impact of the epidemic on women.Unequal access to appropriate prevention information for women increases their vulnerability to HIV.The burden of caring for the sick falls predominantly on women compounding their domestic responsibilities and reinforcing stereotypes about gender roles.Adolescent girls, in particular, experience poverty through gender relations that leave them powerless and vulnerable. This forces them into lives of low-paid work, early marriage, HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy and sexual and domestic violence.
Our ImpactA total of 1.25 million young Africans have received our training programmes
Every year over 75,000 young people (9-14 years) receive teaching and learning on gender equality, gender-based violence vulnerability, stigma & HIV risks.
Over 10,000 adults per year access our mobile village level HIV testing and counselling services, (HCT).
The impact of this is a measurable increase in knowledge and appreciation of men’s and women’s human rights and sexual autonomy and HIV risk awareness.
For every £1 we receive from you 82p goes straight to our projects, 15p goes towards our support and running costs and 3p goes towards our fundraising costs.