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Tom LaSalvia

global health director
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 to Eastern Europe – 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 300 health and social systems in 2017.

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.

Learn more about our HIV and AIDS work in LesothoNigeriaSouth AfricaSwazilandTanzaniaMalawiZambia and Ukraine.

Learn more about our global HIV and AIDS work and participation in AIDS 2018 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

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.

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...

Why customer insight is crucial in the fight against HIV: What I shared at AIDS 2018

August 8, 2018
The global development community has long referred to the people and institutions we serve as our beneficiaries. In truth, they’re also our partners and customers. That last word might sound a bit...

To stop the spread of HIV in Malawi, bringing services to fishermen is critical

July 26, 2018
By Mercy Phiri Layton Nyama lives in Makawa, a village in Mangochi along the southwest arm of Lake Malawi. His only source of income is fishing. Last year, though, Layton began having trouble doing...

Pact convenes leaders in reaching adolescent girls and young women at International AIDS Conference

July 16, 2018
On Saturday, July 21, in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Pact will bring together more than 50 experts in reaching one of the most vulnerable populations to HIV, adolescent girls and young women. Every day,...

In Swaziland, when your goal is to save lives, it's easy to ask, 'Usokile yini?'

June 15, 2018
By Thobile Mkhonta Usokile yini? Can you say it? Uso-ki-le yi-ni? I ask this question every day, to boys, men, husbands, brothers and grandfathers. I ask it at community meetings, in family compounds...