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.
Wearing African clothing is a wonderful way for many to celebrate our cultural heritage and to commemorate the beauty of our motherland. Have you ever wondered: Why Africans are always colourfully dressed ? What the different colour stands for in the different African countries? How the head scarf (“Gele”) originated and the history behind it? How African fabrics have influenced modern day British fashion? Health Action Charity Organisation MBE is carrying out an 18 months project to explore the history … read more
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.