Aim of the Eastern Cape AIDS Council:
Established in 2000, the Eastern Cape AIDS Council, (ECAC) operates independently of government. The ECAC secretariat is hosted by ECSECC. ECAC was established mainly to coordinate multi sectoral responses to HIV, TB and STIs, in the Eastern Cape Province. ECAC was formed to help ensure greater co-operation between government and organs of civil society in the battle against HIV/AIDS.
Overview of the programme:
As a multi-sectoral body, ECAC includes government departments and the broader civil society formations, with the responsibility to facilitate implementation, mobilise resources and monitor and evaluate the delivery and impact of HIV/AIDS interventions.
The effectiveness of ECAC is based on its ability to execute its mandate as follows:
- Coordinate the response of the province against HIV and AIDS, TB and STIs
- Advise government on HIV/AIDS, TB and STI policy
- Advocate for effective involvement of sectors and organisations in implementing programmes and strategies
- Monitor the implementation of the national and provincial HIV/AIDS plan in all sectors of society
- Mobilise resources for the implementation of HIV/AIDS programmes
- Create and strengthen partnerships for an expanded provincial response amongst all sectors and;
- Recommend appropriate research
Who makes the council?
The council is chaired by the MEC of Health, Dr Pumza Dyantyi. Government stakeholders include; Office of the Premier, South African Local Government Association (SALGA), Mininstries of Health, Social Development, Education and the Department of Sports Recreation Arts and Culture. Chaired by Bandile Sizani, all civil society sectors are represented in the council. These include men, women, youth, churches, the disabled. People living with HIV and AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons and sex workers. The business sector is also in the list of those who make up the council.
To create an environment where the spread of HIV/AIDS is minimised with the infected and affected people having full access to relevant support services, whilst living a life free from discrimination and stigma.
To promote a coordinated and combined effort among all those involved in the fight against the spread of HIV/AIDS and work towards alleviation of social, economic, cultural and political challenges resulting from it.
Eastern Cape AIDS Council Projects
Personnel in the programme:
Dr Pelisa Dana
Senior HIV and AIDS Researcher
Ms Nophiwe Ludidi
Treatment, Care and Support Coordinator
Mr Lulama Mpahla
Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist
Ms Bulelwa Mhlonthlo
Head of ECAC Secretariat and Programme Manager