- Who We Are
- What We Do
- What We’ve Done
We started out as World AIDS Campaign (WAC) in 1997, to focus on raising public awareness on specific issues on the global AIDS response. This was achieved by working to support and strengthen campaigning on HIV accountability among diverse civil society constituencies worldwide.
WAC was also tasked to lead the planning and observance of the International World Aids Day. In 2004, we became an independent Non-Governmental Organization with a secretariat in the Netherlands.
In 2008, the organization undertook a strategic shift that led to the registration of World Aids Campaign International (WACI) in South Africa. Over the following (4) years, WACI would see a range of institutional and leadership transitions. From a global organization, founded and headquartered in Europe, working in various geographical regions, including: Europe, Africa, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, to an organization that is today based and focused on Africa addressing not only HIV and TB but also broader issues in health.
The organization’s deliberate shift to focus on Africa was guided by the need to be more conscientious, more innovative and even more accountable and streamlined in our approaches as we continued to ensure that the organization maintained her pivotal role in the global AIDS response, while continually embracing and incorporating the broader health development agenda into her work.
WACI Health exists to champion the end of life-threatening epidemics and health for all in Africa by influencing political priorities through an effective, evidence-driven Pan-African civil society voice and action.
Our impact and contribution to the global goals is undermined by prevailing inequities. We focus on pragmatic ways of addressing inequities and ensuring that no one is left behind, particularly, those with the least ability to access and/or afford health care.
Human Rights is embedded within our work to help ensure the protection, promotion and fulfillment of universal human rights, particularly right to health.
We take our lead from those that have limited access to health services as well as those living with and most affected by diseases of poverty. We are a reflective and learning organization that develops partnerships at all levels, driven by those most in need and those that can contribute to the biggest impact of our work.
We seek to work in a culturally sensitive way, embracing diversity and demonstrating an understanding of health inequalities, working in solidarity with communities that have limited access and those most in need.
As an institution we strive to be a credible and accountable institution. Similarly, we do not falter in holding duty bearers accountable as well as civil society for their fair share of responsibility towards ensuring equitable access to health in Africa.