I ACT strives to reduce the “loss to follow-up” from the
Integrated Access to Care and Treatment, I ACT, was founded in 2009 with the mission to empower people living with HIV (PLHIV) and others who are affected by HIV to make positive lifestyle changes.
7.8 million people are living with HIV in South Africa. 37.9 million people are living with HIV
Today I ACT serves over 200,000 people across all provinces of South Africa
100% of facilitators report that the groups helped people who were newly diagnosed to
Our core curriculum includes
I ACT is led by a National
The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention South
Africa, the Eastern Cape Department of Health, South Africa Partners,
the Masihlanganeni Network of People Living with HIV and AIDS (MANEPHA), Eastern Cape Regional Training Centre and Justice Resource Institute
Health, together with Africare, design Healthy Living Support
Groups (HLSGs) to address the psycho-social needs of newly diagnosed people living with HIV.
15 MANEPHA members facilitate HLSGs in the Eastern Cape as part of a
year-long pilot project: 100% of facilitators report that the groups helped people who were
newly diagnosed to better manage HIV.
Partners finalise and name the programme, “Siyakhathala – Basic Care
Package,” (BCP). BCP is successfully implemented in the Eastern Cape, coordinated by South
Africa Partners and the Eastern Cape Department of Health. Read more about
Basic Care Package in the Process Document >
The BCP curriculum is evaluated, revised and officially re-launched as
Integrated Access to Care and Treatment, I ACT, a national effort serving all provinces of South
Africa, coordinated by South Africa Partners and the National Department of Health.
South Africa Partners, in partnership with the Department of Correctional Services, adapts the I ACT
curriculum to create Strengthening Prevention Services, STEPS, an HIV prevention strategy that
serves offenders and staff members in
STEPS joins a national effort to support capacity development within the
National Department of Correctional Services.
South Africa Partners becomes a Technical Assistance Partner to the NDOH with the implementation of Adherence Guidelines. The LinkCARE programme came out of the I ACT programme. Support groups were prioritised prior to decanting of Patients. South Africa Partners becomes a Technical Assistance Partner to NGO’s implementing Key Populations Programmes funded by CDC on Quality Assurance Quality Improvement activities
DREAMS Project (Determined. Resilient. Empowered. AIDS-Free. Mentored and Safe initiative for young girls and women). SA Partners supported Community Based Organisations into the implementation of the DREAMS Project.
STEPS 3, SA Partners awarded a new programme to implement in DCS which is Strengthening Combination Prevention and Testing Services among Inmates and newly released
We empower people living with HIV and others affected by HIV to make positive lifestyle changes.
We strive to:
Our vision is to:
We are committed to:
Anthony Diesel, RN, MBA
Facilitators are passionate and dedicated peer leaders.
Facilitators are based in local communities and managed by lead partner organisations, and/or the Provincial
Many facilitators are PLHIV and former participants in I ACT group meetings, in support of the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA) Principle.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about becoming an I ACT facilitator. Facilitators use the core curriculum to lead:
I ACT facilitators typically start up to 10 new groups and work with over 100 new participants each year. Each group completes 6 sessions of the I ACT curriculum.
What is I ACT
I ACT is an acronym for Integrated Access to Care and Treatment, a programme
I ACT is provided through:
What is STEPS
STEPS is an acronym for “Strengthening Prevention Services”. STEPS aims to reduce
What is Sensitisation
Sensitisation literally means making people ‘sensitive’ about an issue, so that
What is QA/QI
QA/QI stands for Quality Assurance/Quality Improvement. SA Partners developed a programme
What is the I ACT curriculum?
The core curriculum includes:
Why should I participate in I ACT?
I ACT helps people to learn, share and live positively with their diagnosis
Skilled facilitators ensure
How do I participate in I ACT?
Participants often first connect with I ACT by attending an educational session. Educational
A link to the I ACT support network: email@example.com
How do I become an I ACT facilitator?
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org more
Where is I ACT offered?
I ACT is part of the National Adherence Guidelines for Chronic Diseases, HIV and TB policy
For more information about your nearest I ACT programme, please email email@example.com
Where do I get the I ACT curriculum?
The I ACT and STEPS curricula and facilitator training manuals are available to interested
We want to adapt the I ACT curriculum and other materials for our
What is the National Department of Health Adherence Guidelines?
These guidelines aim to strengthen access to appropriate services and differentiated care strategies in order to improve clinical outcomes. The guidelines also assist service providers to ensure that people with chronic diseases are linked to care, retained in care and supported in adhering to treatment. To ensure that the STEPWISE APPROACH TO ADHERENCE ACROSS THE CONTINUUM OF CARE is realized, I ACT topics are used in group sessions and to individuals to educate on chronic conditions.