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Pact is giving people better access to vital health and social services by strengthening local systems and building the capacity of local institutions to improve services long beyond our presence.

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people with improved access to health and social services in 2016

Health is central to people’s ability to be heard, capable and vibrant.

Working with a range of public and private partners across the health continuum, Pact improves the health and well-being of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization worldwide, expanding families’ access to quality health care and essential social services.

The need is staggering. In 2013, 6.3 million children died before their fifth birthday. Many of those deaths were preventable. As of 2012, an estimated 17.8 million children worldwide had lost one or both parents to AIDS, with millions more affected by HIV and AIDS.

Pact’s programs bridge those gaps.

Astede Moges, a mother of two in Ethiopia, was dying of AIDS and unable to care for her family. Today, she is on treatment and has a thriving business that allows her to provide for her children and save for the future. Because of the support from Pact and our partners, her 8-year-old daughter, Haimanot, is back in school and no longer has to care for her mother and brother.

Our health and OVC programming help people like Astede and her family. It is people-centered and community-driven, tackling health challenges locally and systemically. Our integrated approach links health with livelihoods, governancecapacity development, and monitoring and evaluation.

We support community-based organizations through grants and technical, organizational and institutional capacity building, enabling them to develop and sustain quality health and social services, products and information. At the same time, we engage with stakeholders to create a policy environment supportive of solutions to a range of public health needs, from maternal, neonatal and child health to HIV/AIDS, infectious disease control, tuberculosis and malaria.

Our Health Work in Action

Pregnant woman visits a local clinic in Nigeria as part of the PROMOT II project.

World AIDS Day 2017: To continue progress and end the pandemic, we need a systemic approach

November 30, 2017
After nearly 40 years of battling with the human immunodeficiency virus that leads to AIDS, the battle is not over. Many strides have been...

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

November 30, 2017
At 12 years old, Tumie Shomary faces everyday pre-teen adversities. But growing up in Morogoro, Tanzania, Tumie is also confronted by...

Renewing our promise to end AIDS

November 29, 2017
Around the world, Pact is using an integrated approach to end the AIDS epidemic—from Tanzania, where we’re supporting children and families...

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

November 29, 2017
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...

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

November 28, 2017
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...

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

November 16, 2017
Mason, a divorced, 48-year-old fisherman who was struggling to make a living because of his poor health, had never considered getting...
Dickson Boumono, a WORTH participant in Nigeria

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

October 11, 2017
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...
Dr Zainab Chaula, Acting Permanent Secretary of PO-RALG, accepts technology.

New computer equipment to strengthen social welfare services in Tanzania

July 6, 2017
This week, the United States Agency for International Development Mission in Tanzania (USAID/Tanzania) officially handed over computers and...

For Nepal’s pint-sized citizens, new kids’ taps deliver hydration, hygiene & fun

June 29, 2017
Kids are short, right? And they need water, just like grown-ups. So why are most water taps in Nepal built far above children’s reach?

Supply and demand: targeting providers and moms to improve kids' health in Nigeria

May 15, 2017
An integrated approach in Nigeria targets government and health care providers on one hand, and mothers and their children’s health on the...