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With renewable energy, building prosperity in rural Myanmar

Sein Win May has spent more than her share of time in the dark. At 51, she has lived her whole life in Shin Hla, a remote village of about 600 people in Myanmar’s Dry Zone that is accessible only by boat. Like most of the rest of the country’s vast rural stretches, Shin Hla has no grid...

At Malawi's Lake Chilwa, local fishing communities make an important decision for their future

By Mercy Phiri Lakes are critical to the people of Malawi, providing them with nutrition as well as a vital livelihood. So when local communities decided this winter to extend the closed season at Lake Chilwa, which is Malawi’s second largest lake and accounts for a quarter of all the...

For a hard-to-reach population in Ukraine, innovative online HIV outreach proves critical

Roman Marchenko has dedicated years of his life to LGBTI activism. It's a community he knows well, yet even he was surprised at the difficulty his HIV treatment and prevention organization had in reaching one key population – men who have sex with men, or MSM. Stigma and discrimination...

Through capacity development, a once-small Ukrainian NGO leads in HIV services

Although Olena Ovsyannikova was the head of a well-established HIV services NGO, she’d never heard of the concept of organizational development before.

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‘Everything is different now’: With integrated development, Myanmar communities transform

The Shae Thot project has addressed villages’ most pressing needs, including health, food security and livelihoods. But its unique, integrated model – one focused on making systemic change and building strong local institutions and decision-making – has been the project’s real power.

For a mother and daughter in Tanzania, a better relationship means a better chance against HIV

At 12 years old, Tumie Shomary faces everyday pre-teen adversities. But growing up in Morogoro, Tanzania, Tumie is also confronted by challenges that increase her risk of contracting HIV.

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In the fight against HIV and AIDS, private-sector partnerships are a powerful tool

When Ebi found out she was HIV-positive, the news was almost too much to bear. Pregnant with her fifth child, she’d only taken the test because of Pact’s PROMOT II project, which had organized a community outreach and testing event in Kaiama, Nigeria, where Ebi lives with her children and...

In Swaziland, supporting adolescents and young women is key to HIV prevention

At first, some of them are shy. They look around, waiting to see how much others are willing to share before speaking themselves. But when they break into small groups, they all start to relax. On one side of the room, the boys scrawl an all-caps heading on top of flipchart paper: WAYS OF...

For fisher populations vulnerable to HIV, peer mentors make all the difference

Mason, a divorced, 48-year-old fisherman who was struggling to make a living because of his poor health, had never considered getting tested for HIV. Until he talked to Geofrey Taombe.

In Nepal, learning from mistakes means lasting roads, less environmental impact

Through a Pact-U.S. Forest Service partnership, Nepali engineers gain critical skills for building sustainable roads in unforgiving conditions.

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