Positive Action (Global)’s mission is to be a transformational partner that champions people and communities to end AIDS. Our vision is healthy communities in a world free of AIDS.

We do this through putting people and communities first, strengthening capacity and collaborating strategically.

Originally set up as part of GSK’s Global Health Programmes, Positive Action was created in 1992 as the first pharmaceutical company community-grant giving programme to support communities affected by HIV and AIDS.

Cathy Ferrier, Head of Positive Action at ViiV Healthcare, provides an overview of Positive Action's ethos and support to communities affected by HIV.

Positive Action exists to further the ViiV Healthcare mission of ensuring no person living with HIV is left behind, by working directly with the communities most affected by HIV.

Funding is available to community-led and based organisations through the Positive Action (Global) funding streams or via our local ViiV Healthcare operating companies, some of which are listed below:

Positive Action works with communities and key and priority populations living with, or affected by HIV such as paediatrics, adolescents, adolescent girls and young women (AGYW), sex workers, gay men and other men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender people, and people who use drugs (PWUD).


The Positive Action (Global) 2020-2030 strategy works towards achieving healthy communities in a world free of AIDS and embodies ViiV Healthcare’s mission of leaving no person living with HIV behind.

Positive Action grants that were approved before December 2019 now form part of the Positive Action pre-2020 grants programme.


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HOYMAS is a Kenyan male sex work-led organisation, funded by ViiV healthcare Positive Action to scale up health seeking behaviour, increase adherence and retention and strengthen community capacity and health systems for improved service delivery.


Waves for Change is an evidence-based surf therapy programme in South Africa that is designed to provide young people with the opportunity to have experiences which help them to prioritise their well-being.


The Zvandiri (‘As I am’) programme is a model of differentiated clinical and psychosocial service delivery for children and adolescents living with HIV developed in response to an identified need for tailored support services for these key populations.