ACA, previously known as Regional AIDS Training Network (RATN), was founded in 1997 as a project of the Universities of Nairobi and Manitoba, with support from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), as a network of training institutions to address the lack of HIV and AIDS-specific training for healthcare workers in resource-limited settings. The network originally included seventeen (17) Member Institutions in seven (7) countries.
In 2003, RATN was registered as an independent NGO with a focus on training and capacity building for effective HIV & AIDS response in the Eastern and Southern Africa region.
Over the last sixteen years, RATN has delivered over 500 courses and trained more than 7,000 African healthcare workers who have impacted millions of patients. While training remains a core component of its work, RATN has expanded its activities to include technical and institutional capacity building, advocacy, research and knowledge and information sharing. RATN’s technical expertise has also expanded beyond HIV and AIDS to include significant and infectious diseases (such as HIV and AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria), non-communicable diseases (such as cancer, diabetes and heart disease) and health equity and rights (such as access to maternal and child care, gender equity and marginalized populations).
To reflect this larger mandate, RATN changed its name to the Africa Capacity Alliance (ACA) and recalibrated its organizational mission to providing sustainable capacity solutions that will improve health outcomes, and therefore lives, in Africa. The network currently includes thirty-seven (37) Member Institutions in twelve (12) countries within Sub-Saharan Africa.
In March of 2014, ACA officially launched its five-year strategic plan (2014 – 2019). ACA’s strategic plan focuses on health systems strengthening, community systems strengthening and capacity development for public-private partnerships in health.
Collaboration has and will continue to be the key to ACA’s success. If you would like to find out more about ACA’s programs and/or explore potential partnerships in the pursuit of better health outcomes, please contact:
The Executive Director
Africa Capacity Alliance
Download current ACA’s Strategic Plan (2014-2019) here: