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In South Africa, Pact works to lower new HIV infections among adolescent girls

Adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) are disproportionally affected by HIV. Of all new HIV infections among adolescents in sub-Saharan Africa, 80 percent are in girls between the ages of 15 and 19, according to UNAIDS.

Sewing apprentices cut fabric to make Covid-19 face masks. (Photo: Pact)

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, meet three young people leaving child mining behind

Child labor in mining has long been categorized as one of the worst forms of child labor by the International Labour Organization. It is arduous work that exposes children to significant health and safety risks as well as exploitation.

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“We can find our way around any barriers”: The women driving change in Myanmar’s energy sector

by Lyndal Pearce If there was ever a mountain to climb, Myanmar’s energy transition represents the Hkakabo Razi of all challenges. With just 50% of the country able to access reliable power, mostly in urban areas, aggressive and ambitious solutions are needed at scale.

From peace champions to health champions: 'Boundary partners' in the Horn of Africa fight Covid-19

Since 2017, Pact's RASMI project has worked to build peace in the shared border areas of Ethiopia, Somalia and Kenya, known as the Mandera Triangle. The region has long experienced armed conflict, extremism and political instability. RASMI, which stands for Regional Approaches for...

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Putting South Africa’s youth first with an innovative campaign to reduce HIV, risky behavior

Engaging effectively with youth is critical to reducing South Africa’s high HIV and teenage pregnancy rates. This is why, in partnership with Pact, the country’s government recently launched ChommY, a social and behavior change program designed specifically for children between the ages...

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Pact brings together 18 countries to ‘hack’ Covid-19 solutions

A comprehensive program that turns urban women coffee vendors in Ethiopia into hubs for spreading accurate messages about Covid-19. A gamified app that offers Covid information, referrals and support for victims of gender-based violence. A network of trained, non-traditional community...

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During Covid-19, Pact and partners continue the fight against child mining in Colombia

At home, Alejandro, a 15-year-old boy in rural Colombia, has access to only one smart phone: his father’s. After Covid-19 began, Alejandro’s school closed and teachers began holding classes online and sending instruction through messaging applications, such as WhatsApp. Alejandro must...

With support from local social workers, a family in South Africa thrives

Lerato hasn’t had an easy life. After Lerato contracted HIV from her husband, her sister died of AIDS at the age of 30. In addition to raising her own two children, who are HIV-negative, Lerato cares for the three children her sister left behind, two boys now 13 and 16 and an 11-year-old...

In partnership with the government of South Africa, stopping the spread of HIV

Letlhabile Community Health Center, located in a tiny town called Brits, in the northwest corner of South Africa, provides many essential social services for the community. One of them is patient tracers. When HIV-positive children in the area do not pick up critical HIV medications, the...

In Ethiopia, Pact supports communities to peacefully improve water access

Amibara woreda, in Ethiopia's Afar Regional State, has a desert climate with little rainfall. Compared to national and regional standards, Amibara’s water ranks among the lowest for access, quality, adequacy and availability. As a result, community members are forced to travel long...

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