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Contacts

Charles Ossey

interim country director
cossey@pactworld.org

Peter Hopkins

program manager
phopkins@pactworld.org

Pact began working in Zambia in 2015 to reduce new HIV infections in the country. While Zambia has made considerable strides in slowing the spread of HIV, its prevalence rate remains one of the highest in the world. Pact is taking an integrated approach to stem the epidemic. 

Focusing on high-risk groups, we’re using radio, television and other kinds of outreach and education to boost HIV awareness, change risky behavior and increase the use of HIV services.

We’re also working closely with local Zambian organizations and institutions — building their capacity to plan, implement and monitor their own quality programs to stop the spread of HIV. And we’re training “HIV prevention champions” and health workers, engaging community leaders and the private sector, and scaling up community-led outreach and dialogues. 

In partnership with PEPFAR, Pact implements DREAMS in Zambia, helping girls and young women be independent and HIV-free. 

Stories and Highlights

‘Can I talk to you about HIV?’ In Zambia, peer educators work to end an epidemic

November 23, 2020
Musongole Mutambo, a 29-year-old mechanic, has been volunteering as a peer educator with the Zambia Community HIV Prevention Program for three years. For several hours three days a week, he pounds...

Building an AIDS-free Zambia: Pastor Tresford Nkumba

October 26, 2020
After becoming gravely ill and testing positive for HIV, Tresford Nkumba decided to turn his life around for the sake of his children and his community. He started antiretroviral therapy and took...
Musongole Mutambo, right, with fellow peer educators Melvin Malambo and Kennedy Zulu, before heading to the streets.

Meet ‘HIV resilience heroes’ – leading the charge in the global fight against AIDS

June 18, 2020
Musongole Mutambo is a 29-year-old mechanic in Zambia. Several years ago, after watching relative after relative succumb to HIV, he had a conversation with his mother about what might be done to stop...

DREAMS in Zambia: Grace's story

April 23, 2020
Grace Njobvu, 22, was raised by her grandparents. After high school, she moved in with her aunt and her aunt’s husband. Her aunt’s husband soon began sexually abusing her. She tried to move back to...
Camira Katuta Chalwe at the DREAMS center in N’Changa, in Zambia’s Copperbelt Province.

With DREAMS support, a teen in Zambia triumphs amid tragedy

August 22, 2019
When Camira Katuta Chalwe was young, she lost both of her parents to an unspecified illness and was sent to live with her uncle and aunt. Her childhood was characterized by ill health and interrupted...

'Kozo Girls' advances to final round of CARE Scale X Design Accelerator competition

February 26, 2019
Kozo Girls, a Pact-supported social enterprise run by young Zambian women, was chosen as a finalist in CARE's Scale X Design Accelerator competition. Competing against 13 other projects from around...

Kozo Girls, a Pact pilot that provides reusable pads & economic opportunities in Zambia, comes into its own

February 13, 2019
‘Kozo Girls’ provides reusable pads and economic opportunities for young women in Zambia. What began as a Pact pilot supported by USAID is blossoming into an independent social enterprise.

Finding Hope: DREAMS in Zambia

December 12, 2018
For sisters Abigail and Hope Nsokolo, growing up wasn’t easy. Their father died when they were young, plunging their family into poverty. They started plaiting hair and selling sweets to help make...

It’s best to test: A message for World AIDS Day in 2018

November 30, 2018
By Hope and Abigail Nsokolo As the world celebrates World AIDS Day on Dec. 1, with the theme “Know your status,” we are proud to know our HIV status, especially because two years ago, we would never...

With support from Pact, a Zambian teen returns to school and stays HIV-free

November 11, 2018
Yvonne Mwanza is used to working with vulnerable young women. She does it every day. When she screened Lisa Simazembwe, 16, to join DREAMS, and learned that she had dropped out of school, Yvonne knew...