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Pact is giving people better access to vital health and social services by strengthening local systems and building the capacity of local institutions to improve services long beyond our presence.

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people with improved access to health and social services in 2017

Health is central to people’s ability to be heard, capable and vibrant.

Working with a range of public and private partners across the health continuum, Pact improves the health and well-being of those who are challenged by poverty and marginalization worldwide, expanding families’ access to quality health care and essential social services.

The need is staggering. In 2013, 6.3 million children died before their fifth birthday. Many of those deaths were preventable. As of 2012, an estimated 17.8 million children worldwide had lost one or both parents to AIDS, with millions more affected by HIV and AIDS.

Pact’s programs bridge those gaps.

Astede Moges, a mother of two in Ethiopia, was dying of AIDS and unable to care for her family. Today, she is on treatment and has a thriving business that allows her to provide for her children and save for the future. Because of the support from Pact and our partners, her 8-year-old daughter, Haimanot, is back in school and no longer has to care for her mother and brother.

Our health and OVC programming help people like Astede and her family. It is people-centered and community-driven, tackling health challenges locally and systemically. Our integrated approach links health with livelihoods, governancecapacity development, and monitoring and evaluation.

We support community-based organizations through grants and technical, organizational and institutional capacity building, enabling them to develop and sustain quality health and social services, products and information. At the same time, we engage with stakeholders to create a policy environment supportive of solutions to a range of public health needs, from maternal, neonatal and child health to HIV/AIDS, infectious disease control, tuberculosis and malaria.

Our Health Work in Action

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....

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...

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...

A Medic’s Story: Providing Lifesaving Immunizations in Remote Communities in Tanintharyi, Myanmar

November 27, 2018
Naw Say Bel, a medic from Karen Ethnic Health Organization Consortium, is part of a dedicated team administering vaccinations under the...

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...
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...

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...

Unmasking Stunting

August 15, 2018
Stunting is hidden tragedy that affects children's ability to learn and grow, as well as communities' future development. In Tanzania's...

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...

For a father and son in Tanzania, a new view on parenting brings family happiness

August 10, 2018
There was a time when Ally Bakary Kangana didn’t think it was important to spend time with his son. “I also believed all decisions must be...