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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.

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.

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...

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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.

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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.

Responsible tin offers better business than gold

Shabunda is the second largest territory in the Democratic Republic of Congo's South Kivu province. With a reputation for its rich mineral deposits, the area is also locally believed to possess significant amounts of tin, tantalum and gold. Shabunda is also remote, leaving it vulnerable...

Dickson Boumono, a WORTH participant in Nigeria

With better financial footing, families able to make health gains in Nigeria

Dickson Boumono has her hands full with five children. Boumono and her family live in Southern Ijaw, an area in Bayelsa, one of Nigeria’s coastal states. To make ends meet, the 45-year-old mother sells palm oil. A year ago, the small amounts she was able to sell wasn’t enough. Boumono...

In Ethiopia, forest communities' voices heard loud and clear

In 2010, during the USAID-funded Cultural Dialogue Initiative project, Pact’s Ethiopia team supported eight kebeles, or villages, to establish participatory forestry management frameworks, including signed agreements with local authorities, meant to help preserve local forests....

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