Eastern Cape AIDS Council

Striving for greater cooperation

The Eastern Cape AIDS Council (ECAC) was established in 2000, and operates independently from the government. The ECAC secretariat is hosted by ECSECC. The Eastern Cape AIDS Council was set up 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 and 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
  • Recommend appropriate research

Who makes the council?

The council is chaired by the Premier. Government stakeholders include: Office of the Premier; South African Local Government Association (SALGA); Ministries of Health, Social Development and Education; and the Department of Sports Recreation, Arts and Culture.

Civil society sectors are represented in the council and it includes men, women, youth, churches, and the disabled. It also includes 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.

Personnel in the programme

Dr Pelisa Dana
Senior HIV and AIDS Researcher
Mr Lulama Mpahla
Youth Coordinator
Ms Zeodor Arends
Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist
Ms Bulelwa Mhlonthlo
Events Coordinator
Mr Vuyisa Dayile
Programme Manager
Mr Melikhaya Lusiti
PLHIV Social Mobiliser (Beyond Zero)
Ms Siyasanga Ngcebetsha
Provincial Liaison Office (Beyond Zero)
Otto Tamela
Prevention, Treatment, Care & Support Project Manager