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Our history

Driven by a passion to see lives transformed

On a mission to support women and girls in Africa to thrive independently through a transformative and holistic approach to health, education and livelihoods



Act4Africa was founded by husband and wife team Martin and Kathy Smedley to try to stem the wave of HIV /AIDS infection ravaging Uganda at the time . The first Act4Africa team of health education community youth leaders worked in Jinja, Uganda, using the Theatre for Development approach  to communicate Act4Africa’s messages to the rural communities it served. The team took a series of TfD programmes into communities and schools, educating and informing about HIV/AIDS and the stigma surrounding it.


HIV testing & counselling

In 2006 Act4Africa started providing mobile HIV testing and counselling services, and in 2010 we began to address a cornerstone of the HIV/AIDS epidemic: gender inequality.


Tackling gender inequality

In 2010 we began to address a cornerstone of the HIV/AIDS epidemic: gender inequality


Kathy's Centre

In August 2014, our co-founder Kathy Smedley sadly passed away, but her legacy and inspiration continue at the heart of what we do. We are proud to have constructed Kathy’s Centre in her name, a multi-functional community health and education centre in Mayuge District, Uganda.

Act4Africa is truly transforming the lives of some of Uganda’s poorest women by giving them the tools to lift themselves out of extreme poverty. Their programmes’ success over the years is a testament to their dedicated team”

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