Who is the intervention for?

The African HIV prevention sector includes anyone who delivers, funds or supports the development of interventions aimed at reducing HIV exposure and transmission involving African people in England, and various stakeholders will have different levels of need.


Those who commission HIV prevention interventions targeting African people require up-to-date information about prevention need and other issues affecting service users and providers to enhance their commissioning decisions. Commissioners should ensure an enabling environment for organisations to develop and to deliver programmes, through mutual communications and interactions. This requires an open and trusting relationship between commissioners and providers, grounded in shared values that prioritise evidence, ethical approaches and collective problem-solving.

Organisations staff and volunteers

All staff and volunteers in statutory and voluntary sector organisations that provide services to African people in England should attend training events and courses, seminars, conferences and workshops that equip them with relevant knowledge and skills about HIV prevention among this population, technical skills, and information about the work of other service providers.

The development needs of board members, directors and managers, front-line staff and volunteers will not all be the same, but all will have some. There should also be effective communication and feedback systems in place so that information is shared with the rest of the team where only some individuals can be supported to attend such events.


Researchers require ongoing information about emerging service delivery and community-related issues, in order to ensure that their approaches are relevant and acceptable. This is not only achieved through formal processes, it also requires ongoing dialogue between community organisations and researchers. Increased understanding and appreciation for the daily pressures, priorities and working practices of those on each side of this relationship contributes to the development of a robust research agenda, and helps to increase the likelihood that research outputs will be useful to those whose needs they are designed to meet.


Partnership-working on a carefully selected policy agenda can prove to be particularly powerful, as evidence can be collated across agencies, and innovative approaches to exercising influence can be strategically applied by different actors, with a diverse range of targets. These might include, but are not limited to:

Policy and decision-makers

  • Central Government
  • Department of Health
  • Expert Advisory Group on AIDS
  • Health and Well Being Boards
  • Independent Advisory Group for Sexual Health
  • Department for Children, Schools and Families
  • Office for Standards in Education
  • Treasury
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Home Office
  • Criminal Justice and Community Safety
  • HM Prison Service
  • National Probation Service
  • Local government
  • Local authorities
  • Local Involvement Networks (LINks)
  • School governors
  • Local councillors
  • Leaders of faith-based organisations
  • Police authorities
  • Housing Associations
  • National Health Service
  • Strategic Health Authorities
  • PCTs and their board members
  • Local Commissioning Consortia
  • Medical Research Council
  • National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
  • Crown Prosecution Service
  • Equality and Human Rights Commission

Professional Associations

  • Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO)
  • British Medical Association (BMA)
  • Medical Foundation for AIDS & Sexual Health
  • British Association for Sexual Health and HIV (BASHH)
  • British HIV Association (BHIVA)
  • The Children's HIV Association (CHIVA)
  • The HIV Pharmacy Association (HIVPA)
  • National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA)
  • Royal College of Nursing
  • Society of Sexual Health Advisors (SSHA)
  • Trade Unions including the National Union of Journalists (NUJ)

Surveillance and information providers

  • Health Protection Agency
  • Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre

Policy bodies

  • African HIV Research Forum
  • African Forums
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS
  • All-Party Parliamentary Group on Refugees
  • National AIDS Trust
  • African Health Policy Network
  • Terrence Higgins Trust
  • Cancer Research UK
  • TB Alert
  • Universities including Medical Schools
  • AIDS Funders Forum
  • Prison Reform Trust
  • Equality organisations, including the Equality and Human Rights Commission
  • HIV and Sexual Health Commissioners Group England

Page last updated: 6 June 2012