Charting a healthy path for youth in South Africa
June 6, 2023
ChommY, which means ‘friend’ in South African slang, started in March 2020 as an initiative under the Government Capacity Building Support project. The program focuses on social behavior change...
With capacity building for social workers, a child forced into sex work receives the help she needs
November 30, 2022
For most of her childhood, Sinothile lived with her grandmother in Bhekuzulu township, Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Her biological mother was mostly absent for her childhood, visiting the...
Improving community readiness for Covid-19 vaccinations
July 21, 2022
Nations around the world continue to work toward the World Health Organization’s target of fully vaccinating 70% of the population of all countries against Covid-19, and the 2nd Global Covid-19...
HIV viral load suppression through collaboration
June 2, 2022
The Pongola municipality in South Africa, located in the Zululand district in the KwaZulu Natal province, has high rates of HIV-positive children (CALHIV). The statistics in this community mirror...
GCBS: Supportive partnerships help local organizations improve their services and reach the most vulnerable
March 1, 2022
Kgetleng Rivier Carers is a community-based nonprofit organization (NPO) providing care and support to the most vulnerable children in its community. Situated in South Africa’s North West (NW)...
Dedicated and passionate Pact staff drive the success of DREAMS in South Africa
December 8, 2021
In South Africa, Pact has been implementing and supporting DREAMS through a family strengthening intervention called Let’s Talk since October 2020 in three provinces: Gauteng, Limpopo and the Free...
Photo story: 'One in three is far too many'
November 17, 2021
Pact works to end gender-based violence around the world through response and prevention.
A walk in my shoes: A social worker in South Africa makes a difference for children vulnerable to HIV
March 16, 2021
I first heard about the girl from a nurse at a clinic that I support in Bojanala, South Africa. A social worker with USAID’s Government Capacity Building Support program, or GCBS, I followed up with...
Supporting HIV-vulnerable children in South Africa: Why health and social system strengthening is key
December 14, 2020
South Africa’s HIV rates are among the highest in the world. We know that the country’s children – especially those who are orphaned or otherwise socially vulnerable – are critical to finally...