The Eastern Cape AIDS Council (ECAC) was established in 2000, and operates independently from the government. The ECAC secretariat is hosted by ECSECC. The Eastern Cape AIDS Council was set up to coordinate multi sectoral responses to HIV, TB and STIs, in the Eastern Cape Province. ECAC was formed to help ensure greater co-operation between government and organs of civil society in the battle against HIV and AIDS.
As a multi-sectoral body, ECAC includes government departments and the broader civil society formations, with the responsibility to facilitate implementation, mobilise resources and monitor and evaluate the delivery and impact of HIV/AIDS interventions.
The effectiveness of ECAC is based on its ability to execute its mandate as follows:
The council is chaired by the Premier. Government stakeholders include: Office of the Premier; South African Local Government Association (SALGA); Ministries of Health, Social Development and Education; and the Department of Sports Recreation, Arts and Culture.
Civil society sectors are represented in the council and it includes men, women, youth, churches, and the disabled. It also includes people living with HIV and AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons, and sex workers. The business sector is also in the list of those who make up the council.