The Group began in Gillingham in 2003 as a small self-help group for Africans infected or affected by HIV.

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Driven by passion, HACO support' and organises different monthly charity events all through the year.

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HACO leadership is blessed with a team of talented and experienced workers from different disciplines.

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Who We are


Health Action Charity Organisation (HACO) was established as a charitable organisation in the Kent area of the United Kingdom in 2003. We have been working to raise awareness of HIV/Aids and provide support to the African population within the Kent area.

We work in close partnership with the Medway Council public health Team, and our work here is highly valued. We are all aware that HIV is a problem in our communities and it is having a negative impact on families.

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Our Target each month is to reachout to all and sundry about the dangers of HIV. We offer FREE screenings.

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  Respect your elders.” This statement may seem all too familiar, but is it really being followed these days? Everyday as I flip through the television, I witness discrimination against the old and wise. Frequently on television programmes, I notice a false portrayal of old people as being boring and in poor health. The audience laughs as a teenager yells words at a grandmother whose hearing is failing or a grandfather having trouble finding his false teeth. I don’t know … read more

As one of the providers of the Medway Integrated Sexual Health Service by Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust , we provide HIV prevention, community outreach, testing, support and expert advice one-to-one and in group settings. Community Outreach Meeting people where they live and work is a really effective way of spreading key messages around sexual health, and generating increased demand for and access to services. Using staff members and volunteers with strong local knowledge and a good rapport with people … read more

African parents are worried about the rate at which the young African born British are gradually forgetting the African heritage of giving respect to those regarded as elders of the community. With funding from Heritage Lottery, Health Action is embarking on this project titled “Elder respect among young adults: A cross-cultural study of Britons and Africans”. We need to understand the existence of meaningful cultural differences in the way the elderly is respected. To explore the current trends in the … read more

Do you know an elderly person who needs to socialise? This is a befriending scheme funded by Brook Trust through Kent Community Foundation to provide a regular weekend group activities for older people in Medway to minimise isolation in order to improve health and well-being. The group will meet every second Saturday of each month beginning from Saturday the 8th of May. Join us and make new friends.

A new Volunteering Network project was officially launched by Health Action Charity Organisation (HACO) in Gillingham on Saturday the 6th of February 2016. HACO an Organisation that work to improve the health and wellbeing of African communities to reduce health inequalities has received grant from money raised by HealthWhole through The Health Lottery. The Volunteering Network project will be targeting African people in the Medway area. HACO will be working with CTRIM to provide the programme which will include trainings … read more