Nang’andu Hamusimbi Joan Kamwale
acting country manager
Controlling HIV Epidemic for Key and Underserved Populations (CHEKUP)
Under this project, which is being led by the Zambian organization Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia, Pact is providing technical assistance to CIDRZ in the overall implementation of DREAMS programming. Pact is conducting targeted capacity building of partners. The goal of CHEKUP is to improve heath outcomes of Zambians by preventing new HIV infections among priority and key populations most at risk.
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.
For more information, visit the ACHIEVE web page. For technical resources from the ACHIEVE project, visit ovcsupport.org.
Community HIV Prevention Program Past Project
This project is working to reduce new HIV infections in Zambia. Focusing on high-risk groups, Pact is using radio, television and other kinds of outreach and education to boost HIV awareness, change risky behavior and increase the use of HIV services. The project works 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.
Empowered Youth Program Past Project
This project is mitigating the impact of HIV and improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable children and adolescents through the delivery of high-impact, evidence-informed and age-appropriate interventions customized to children's needs. The project is using a family-centered approach to bolster social and educational outcomes for vulnerable children and their households in high HIV-burden districts across two provinces of Zambia, Copperbelt and North Western, in close collaboration with the government of Zambia. The project aims to ensure that children are healthy by improving access to health and HIV services; safe by improving child protection and prevention of gender-based violence; stable by improving household economic security and linkages to social protection; and schooled by improving school retention and progression.
Reducing Child Labor in Zambian Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining
This project is taking a two-stage approach to mount an effective response to the pernicious problem of child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining in Zambia. First, Pact is conducting a series of baseline studies in Central and Copperbelt provinces to understand where, how and why children are engaging in mining activities, and the scope of the issue. Based on findings, Pact is implementing a package of interventions to support children to access education, social services and vocational training to help them leave child labor in mining behind for good. The project also includes sensitization and engagement activities for parents, caregivers and mining communities at large to reduce child labor.
MOMENTUM Country and Global Leadership (MCGL)
Led by Jhpiego, MCGL is part of a global effort to improve maternal, newborn and child health, family planning and reproductive health. Pact is strengthening referral systems, building the capacity of local entities and organizations to better plan, prepare, manage and finance their programs, and strengthening the strategic planning and management capacity of national governments to improve health services.