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people with improved access to health and social services in 2016

Tuberculosis

Country: Madagascar
Funder: Global Fund

Working with community health clinics and prison infirmaries, this project identifies, refers, and follows tuberculosis patients through treatment to bring down TB rates in Madagascar and stop the disease's spread. 

HIV/AIDS

Country: Lesotho
Funder: Global Fund

This project is identifying people with HIV/AIDS to promote treatment. It is also raising awareness and providing education about the disease.

Somos Tesoro

Country: Colombia
Funder: U.S. Department of Labor

Somos Tesoro—We are Treasure, in Spanish—is working with the Colombian government to reduce child labor and improve health and safety in artisanal and small-scale mines through an integrated approach, addressing the many factors that lead to child labor, including economic instability, challenges in implementing public policies favoring child protection, limited public commitment to the eradication of child labor, 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. 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.

Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision

Country: Swaziland
Funder: USAID

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

Country: Swaziland
Funder: USAID

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.

PROMOT

Country: Nigeria
Funder: Chevron

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

Country: Nigeria
Funder: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation/ UK's Department for International Development

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.

Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children)

Country: Nigeria, Swaziland
Funder: USAID

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)

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, South Sudan, Kenya, Swaziland, Indonesia, Haiti, The Bahamas, Barbados, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago
Funder: The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief/ USAID

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.

SHINE: Sustainable Health Improvement and Empowerment

Country: Myanmar
Funder: Chevron

SHINE is an integrated health and livelihoods program that empowers rural communities to improve their lives in lasting ways. With trainings and workshops, community members learn about maternal and child health, disease management, and village banking. The project then supports communities to organize themselves around these issues to deliver solutions for improvement. SHINE trains community-chosen health volunteers who diagnose, treat, and refer cases of diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria; uses Village Development Funds to empower communities to decide and fund development priorities; launches mothers groups for community-based health education support; and employs Pact's signature WORTH model to help women and older girls save money and start small businesses.   

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