The ACHIEVE project, funded by U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through USAID and led by Pact, aims to achieve and maintain HIV/AIDS epidemic control for the most at-risk and hard to reach pregnant and breastfeeding (PBF) women, infants, children and adolescents in PEPFAR-supported countries. ACHIEVE uses evidence-based strategies to mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS and prevent HIV infection among priority at-risk sub-populations. As a global mechanism, ACHIEVE serves as a primary source of technical support to USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS as it implements the PEPFAR strategy and Journey to Self-Reliance; sets the standard for quality programming for ACHIEVE populations; and promotes best practices to stakeholders at the global, regional and country levels. At the country level, ACHIEVE collaborates with local USAID Missions to identify and engage with highly capable local partners to lead ACHIEVE implementation, including technical assistance and service delivery support, ensuring that strategies are optimized for the local context and that local leadership is built in from the beginning and sustained.
ACHIEVE's two key objectives are to attain and maintain HIV epidemic control among at-risk PBF women, infants, children and youth; and to support the transition of prime funding and implementation to capable local partners in order to meet the PEPFAR goal of 70% of funding to local partners. To accomplish these objectives, ACHIEVE is partnering with Jhpiego, Palladium, No Means No Worldwide and WI-HER, LLC. In addition, ACHIEVE’s resource partners are mobilized on an as-needed basis.
Pact leads field implementation for the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative (ITSCI), the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals -- tungsten, tin and tantalum. The system monitors minerals from the point of extraction at mines sites to smelters, where minerals are processed for use in electronics and other everyday devices. Pact conducts mine baseline studies to assess when sites are able to enter the system and supports governments in implementing the mineral tracking system. We also ensure that international guidance for ‘conflict free’ minerals is respected, including no human rights abuses, child labor, armed conflict or corruption. Pact records incidents when they arise and facilitates their resolution. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.