The Group began in Gillingham in 2003 as a small self-help group for Africans infected or affected by HIV.See complete story
Driven by passion, HACO support' and organises different monthly charity events all through the year.Come join the fun
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.
Our New Address is Kingsley House, Room 202, 2nd Floor 37 – 39 Balmoral Road Gillingham ME7 4PF Telephone number remains the same. 01634 844044
Female genital mutilation (FGM) is first and foremost a violation of girls’ and women’s human rights. There is no developmental, religious or health-related justification for the harmful practice. FGM is the total or partial removal of the external female genitalia for non-medical reasons. FGM poses immediate risks to girls’ health including severe pain and bleeding, difficulty in passing urine, infections, and even death due to haemorrhagic or neurogenic shock. The practice often leaves girls with long-term scars as well: post-traumatic … read more
Hidden truth is a project for African and non-African men living in Medway who are in abusive relationship. They meet once a month to socialise and get training on assertiveness, health and safety etc. It is a support Network that provides information, one to one support, counselling and available options to victims to prevent mental ill-health, alcohol dependency and reduce isolation. This is the first and one of its’ kind in the Medway. When talking about Domestic violence we often … read more
Health Action Charity Organisation MBE (HACO) has broadened its strategic position from HIV prevention and support to focus on improving the general health and wellbeing of Africans living in the Medway area. This change in direction follows HACO members’ own changing priorities locally. There are still high rates of HIV amongst Africans, but recent improvements to HIV treatment mean that people living with HIV can expect to live longer. This is coupled with the documented susceptibility of people living with … read more
This project will raise awareness of domestic violence among the African communities in Medway, work with other service providers (housing, CAB, Shelter etc.) to meet their immediate needs. and also support victims by giving them relevant information about services that will provide them with both emotional and support through the transition of leaving the abusive partner. We aim to: • Work in partnership with service providers in mental health and substance use services to improve their ability to support survivors … read more