people with improved access to health and social services in 2017
Kenya Cancer Association Institutional Strengthening
This project is building the capacity of the Kenya Cancer Association. To make the association more effective and efficient, Pact is strengthening its leadership, systems, policies and procedures, as well as its capacity to mobilize resources and engage in advocacy and networking. The two-year project is helping the association establish a track record of implementing high-quality cancer prevention programs at the local and national levels.
Since 2013, Somos Tesoro—We are Treasure—has worked to strategically reduce child labor in mining areas and improve health and safety in artisanal and small-scale mines. With its local partners, Alliance for Responsible Mining, Fondo Acción and Fundación Mi Sangre, Pact is using an integrated approach, addressing the many factors that lead to child labor, including economic instability, challenges in implementing public policies favoring child protection, and a lack of quality education in rural mining areas. The project focuses on two geographic areas where families rely on mining for their livelihoods: the coal mining communities of Boyacá and the gold mining communities of Antioquia. Somos Tesoro has decreased the numbers of children working in mines and has benefited 4,300 households and 13,000 children. In addition to benefitting children and families vulnerable to child labor, the program is helping adult miners, teachers, educational institutions and local government. Somos Tesoro is working to strengthen schools, promote greater economic stability in mining families, apply labor and mining health and safety standards, strengthen child protection policies and formalize artisanal mining in the two mining regions. The project has developed a comprehensive livelihoods program, including savings and microfinance and increased opportunities to generate income and assets.
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.
Pact's PROMOT program works to decrease mother-to-child HIV transmission in Nigeria's Bayelsa state. The program trains community health workers who make home visits and encourage pregnant women to get tested for HIV. Women who test positive are provided antiretroviral medicine and antenatal education to drastically reduce the odds of transmitting the virus to their babies. Babies are also tested after birth. The program is also building the capacity of local organizations to carry on transmission-prevention efforts beyond the life of PROMOT.
Increasing Care Seeking Behavior
The Increasing Care Seeking Behavior (ICARE) project is increasing early care-seeking for childhood illness (within 48 hours of symptom onset) and improving the supply of quality health services. Focusing on two Nigerian states with especially high child mortality rates, the project is boosting the use of Lo - ORS and zinc for diarrhea in children under 5 as well as the effectiveness and sustainability of community-based organizations to promote the recommended management of diarrhea among children.
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.
Pact’s RESPOND program is improving HIV/AIDS services for key populations in Ukraine. The program is helping local decision-makers to understand the benefits of using strategic information to boost services where they’re lacking, and it’s strengthening the organizational and technical capacities of local providers to better respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Pact is helping Ukraine to build a continuum model of client-centered prevention, treatment, care and support services, ensuring that no one with HIV or AIDS is left behind.