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Contacts

Jackson Thoya

chief of party
jthoya@pactworld.org

Phesheya Vilakazi

program manager
pvilakazi@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, and the number of people living with HIV continues to grow.

Pact is taking a multifaceted approach to the problem. 

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. 

All of these efforts will help Zambia reach its UNAIDS 2020 goal for at least 90 percent of Zambians living with HIV to know their status and adhere to sustained antiretroviral treatment.

Stories and Highlights

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...
AZWIM members showcasing their jewelry made from Development Minerals at ASM18.

ASM18: Placing the voices and visions of women artisanal miners at the heart of policy discussions

September 19, 2018
Set against the backdrop of the Victoria Falls, the voices and visions of small-scale miners were placed center-stage at the ASM18 conference in Livingstone, Zambia.
Justin Mwaba, Mirriam Phiri Biemba and Daniel Chiofu at the Twapia Health Center.

In Zambia's Copperbelt, 'foot soldiers' in the fight against HIV make a difference for hard-to-reach groups

September 17, 2018
Mirriam Phiri Biemba, the head nurse at Twapia Health Center, has noticed that more people are coming to her clinic, including many who never used to cross the threshold.

With peer education and support, a truck driver in Zambia ensures he won't spread HIV

August 20, 2018
There was a time when Arthur Mbewe engaged in sexual relationships outside of his marriage. The 47-year-old admits it. As a long-distance lorry driver for a construction firm, he spends most of his...

In Zambia, a traditional healer leads by example to stem the spread of HIV

August 13, 2018
Fifteen years ago, Chipo Chilala weighed just 18 kilos, although he was a grown man. He visited all of the traditional healers that he knew to see if they could help. None of them could.  "I finally...
Zambia capacity development exercise

Working for long-term change through network analysis

June 7, 2017
Pact practices capacity development to ensure lasting change based on local leadership. Over our 45-year history of capacity development in more than 30 countries, we’ve seen that while capacity...

At MIT design summit in Zambia, real design with real people

November 22, 2016
What if world-leading organizations teamed up to develop and scale technology and business solutions to end global poverty? This question, currently on the MIT Practical Impact Alliance (PIA)...