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Thabisile Mngadi

country director

Nikita Gurudas

program manager

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.
Photo courtesy of Matshediso Mohoje

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...
Children play games as part of ChommY, a GCBS-supported program designed to reduce risky behavior and HIV infections among 10-to-14 year olds. (Credit: Tanja Bencun-Roberts/Pact)

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...