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Tom LaSalvia

senior director, global health 
tlasalvia@pactworld.org

2,332,854

people who gained improved access to health and social services last year through Pact's HIV programs

Around the world – from Africa to Asia – Pact and our local partners are working to stop the spread of HIV and improve the lives of people affected by the disease. We are committed to the global mandate to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, and we embrace the Fast Track goals to reach 90-90-90 by 2020.

  • 90% of all people living with HIV will know their HIV status.
  • 90% of all people with diagnosed HIV infection will receive sustained antiretroviral therapy.
  • 90% of all people receiving antiretroviral therapy will have viral suppression. 

For more than two decades, Pact has been at the forefront of strengthening the role of civil society and communities in translating the latest scientific tools and approaches in HIV prevention, care and treatment into widespread practice, particularly for individuals and communities challenged by stigma, poverty and marginalization. Our programs are targeted to serve key and hard-to-reach populations, including orphans and vulnerable children and their caregivers, adolescent girls and young women, female sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, mobile men, children living and working on the streets, and children in artisanal mining communities.

We combine innovative design, research and strategic thinking with practical, on-the-ground development experience to drive systemic change. We strongly believe that in order to effectively serve populations that remain unreached, communities must play a greater role in designing and delivering integrated solutions that address local needs and root challenges to HIV prevention.

Last year, more than 2 million people gained improved access to health and social services through our HIV programs. More than half were women, and more than half were under the age of 17. We strengthened more than 1,300 health and social systems in 2018.

Our expertise includes:

  • HIV service provision at the community level
  • Demand creation for HIV services
  • Economic approaches for HIV and AIDS mitigation
  • Community referral systems
  • Capacity development

Pact is an implementing partner in Linkages Across the Continuum of HIV Services for Key populations Affected by HIV, or LINKAGES, PEPFAR and USAID’s first global project dedicated to key populations and their sexual partners. We’re proud to be part of the LINKAGES coalition, which is accelerating the world’s response to the disease.

In 2019, USAID selected Pact to lead a consortium of top HIV/AIDS programming partners in the ACHIEVE project, which is optimizing the response to pediatric AIDS toward epidemic control in some of the highest burden areas around the world. Learn more about ACHIEVE here

Pact is proud to be part of the Undetectable = Untransmittable movement, or U=U, a growing global community of HIV advocates, activists, researchers and community partners from nearly 100 countries uniting to clarify and disseminate the revolutionary but largely unknown fact that people who are virally suppressed living with HIV on effective treatment do not sexually transmit HIV. Learn more about U=U here

 

Stories and Highlights

With holistic case management, a family in Tanzania breaks the cycle of poverty, HIV risk

August 23, 2019
Eva Mwaka Twimanye hasn’t had an easy childhood. She is one of five children, and both of her parents are HIV-positive. The income they make as small-scale gold miners in Bukombe District, in...
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...

Pact-led consortium, USAID partner to reach HIV/AIDS epidemic control in pregnant and breastfeeding women, children and adolescents

June 25, 2019
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded Pact and a consortium of leading global HIV/AIDS partners a five-year, $195 million grant, Adolescents and Children HIV Incidence...

In South Africa, with Pact’s support, drop-in centers offer testing and a safe space for children vulnerable to HIV

June 13, 2019
Bringing her children to the Wellness Day at the Hluvhukani Drop-in Center, located in the rural community of Steenbok, South Africa, was not an easy choice for Martha Khoza. Her oldest daughter has...

After an HIV peer mentor changes his life, a fisherman in Malawi pays it forward

April 16, 2019
By Maggie Makawa and Mercy Phiri Fishermen are more likely to respond positively to information when it comes from their peers. This is why the Fisheries Integration of Societies and Habitats project...

From herbal medicine to antiretrovial therapy: An HIV-positive mother and baby get the care they need

February 8, 2019
By Lena Renju and Suleiman Masudi Fazila, a 31-year-old mother from Masasi, Tanzania, was pregnant with her fourth child when she learned she was HIV-positive. The revelation was almost too much for...

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...

Pact marks 30th annual World AIDS Day by joining Undetectable = Untransmittable movement

November 30, 2018
Pointing to a shared vision for achieving healthy, HIV-free communities through systemic, integrated prevention and care, Pact announced that it is marking World AIDS Day, Dec. 1, by adding its voice...

Partnering to End HIV in Malawi

November 11, 2018
USAID and PEPFAR's approach to pursuing HIV epidemic control is transforming lives and supporting the development of healthy, self-reliant Malawian people.