Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision
The project is increasing circumcision rates among men and boys in Swaziland. Male circumcision is currently uncommon in the country and reduces the risk of HIV infection and certain reproductive cancers in both sexes. The program educates communities about the advantages of circumcision, allaying fears that are based on misconceptions. In schools, Pact educates teachers, boys and parents and refers those who are interested to a clinical partner that performs the procedure. Pact also hosts educational public events with games and entertainment to spread the word about circumcision’s benefits, and it trains volunteer community recruiters who go door to door to follow up with consent forms for families who’ve attended information sessions.
Reach III continues Pact's HIV prevention and response efforts in Swaziland. Besides providing capacity building services, technical support and funding to local organizations to improve their anti-HIV efforts, the project is strengthening HIV prevention and services for vulnerable adolescents, targeting three main groups: adolescent girls between 10 and 19, orphaned and vulnerable girls and boys between 10 and 17, and adolescent girls and boys with HIV. HIV/AIDS has had an especially devastating impact on Swaziland’s young people, nearly half of whom are orphans or considered vulnerable.
Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children)
Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) is a five-year project designed to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for orphans and vulnerable children affected by HIV/AIDS and other adversities. 4Children builds technical and organizational capacity, strengthens essential components of social service systems, and improves links between health and other sectors. The project engages with national and regional bodies to promote evidence-based interventions to protect at-risk children, interrupt cycles of vulnerability, and build pathways to resilience – leading to an AIDS-free generation. As a partner in a consortium, Pact works to improve the quality of service delivery through local stakeholder capacity development, network strengthening, and systems strengthening.
Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key Populations Affected by HIV (LINKAGES)
LINKAGES is PEPFAR and USAID’s first global HIV/AIDS project dedicated to key populations (sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs and transgender people) and their sexual partners. LINKAGES accelerates the ability of partner governments, civil society organizations and private-sector providers to plan and deliver HIV prevention services, as well as services to improve enrollment and retention care for those who are HIV-positive. As a core partner in a consortium of international organizations, Pact works to develop the capacity of community-based organizations and civil society organizations and networks serving key populations in several countries.