What is African Action on AIDS (AAA)?

We are a non-profit organization working to bring education and hope to HIV/AIDS affected young people, especially young women in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Our vision

Our vision is a world where NO ONE IS ALONE, a world where everyone has access to the support and care they need; an Africa where AIDS and opportunistic diseases are eradicated and where women and girls are empowered and educated.

Our Mission
  • We work to ensure that the youth we serve become agents of their own change and use their knowledge to change their communities.
  • We reach the youth of sub-Saharan Africa whose lives are affected by AIDS.
  • We help tomorrow's responsible parents by helping to prepare the youth of today.
  • We vest youth with the preventive knowledge needed to stay alive and teach them to share that knowledge with their peers.
  • We build extended family support networks in local villages and communities to deliver education and healthcare to children affected by AIDS.
  • We create healthcare awareness by building basic health plans with village women and their families. These plans help them to prevent HIV/AIDS, Malaria and water-borne diseases.

Every year AAA aims to:

  • Send atleast 25 girls and young women, mostly orphaned by AIDS to school;
  • Vaccinate 1,000 children and their parents against Typhiod and Meningitis in rural schools;
  • Build 5 latrines to ensure that school children have safe and effective sanitation;
  • Distribute 100 portable hand-washing stations;
  • Distribute 100 portable drinking water stations;
  • Distribute 5,000 insecticide-treated bed nets;
  • Help 10,000 children learn to protect themselves from the ravages of HIV/AIDS;
  • Help at least 2,000 people are HIV tested;
  • Distribute 10,000 anti-worm pills.

African Action on AIDS (AAA) was founded in 1991 in New York (USA), with the primary objective of supporting struggling Sub-Saharan African communities against HIV/AIDS. Please consult the following collection of articles meant to draw attention then, on the growing tragedy !

Moreover, AAA brings education, hope and opportunity to HIV/AIDS-affected children in Sub-Saharan Africa. AAA helps youth to learn about HIV/AIDS and teaches them how to avoid infection. AAA operates in the belief that the young parents of tomorrow will raise healthy and productive families. To do this, they have to adopt healthy habits that will keep them alive. Africa's youths must become positive agents and designers of their own change !

AAA promotes the values of knowledge, self- respect and responsibility for others, through community education programs that are based on our primary educational PRINCIPLES that are: "Just Know”, MA YEM MA BO or I KNOW and I DO and NGOMÔTÔ or the capacity for an individual/ community to be proactive in the management of family/community health, which is considered by AAA, as the starting point of Wealth

In the last 25 years AAA has benefitted from the generosity of great partners including : UN organizations ( UNDP, UNICEF, UNAIDS,UNFPA), Batonga Foundation ; (USA) ; Center for Peace through Culture (CPC-USA) ;CIFA (Switzerland) ;Soroptimist (Vienna) ; Association Femmes d’Europe ;MTN Foundation (Cameroon) ;Individual members of AAA Board of Directors and, last but not least, Donors of the 21st Century in Cameroon who give 10francs CFA per day (2 US cents) for 365 days each year. This combined generosity allowed AAA to provide scholarships to more than 3000 children (boys and girls of all ages)in Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, South Africa, Liberia, Guinea, Gabon, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Mozambique, Senegal, Burkina Faso and Tanzania before 2007. Since then, only 26 girls in Cameroon affected by AIDS, are eligible for continuing their education into secondary and University – as long as each girl remains a full time student, and demonstrates effort and commitment and maintains passing grades.

Today and through its main partner MIFED (Microfinance et Développement), AAA works with « Caisses Villageoises d’Epargne et de Crédit Autogérées « (CVECAs), a network of more than 100 rural banks managed by villagers themselves. It includes 500.000 people with their families. We provide these communities with knowledge about AIDS. We help them to improve their general health status. We distribute insecticide-treated bed nets to families, provide access to potable water, build blocs of toilet that reserve a private space for girls and women in rural schools and health centres, and teach basic concepts of hygiene. Where do we go from here?

AAA STRATEGIC OBJECTIVE : Lead local populations to the appropriation of their own welfare by creating a positive environment that enables them (CVECAs, schools, health centres, private homes) to prevent diseases including HIV/AIDS, Malaria, Water borne diseases.

RESULTS EXPECTED by AAA : Developpement of a Personal Responsibility Attitude (Ngomôtô), a commitment of a life time that leads to healthy habits.

AAA is a tax-exempt non-profit organization registered in the United States and operating under section 501(c) 3 of the IRS code. We are also registered with the Cameroon government (Auth. No 00174/A/MINAT/DAP/SDLP/SAC) and have special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) as well as with the United Nations Department of Public Information (DPI).