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Nang’andu Hamusimbi Joan Kamwale
acting country manager
Pact began working in Zambia in 2015 to reduce new HIV infections in the country. While Zambia has made considerable strides in slowing the spread of HIV, its prevalence rate remains one of the highest in the world. Pact is taking an integrated approach to stem the epidemic.
Focusing on high-risk groups, we’re using radio, television and other kinds of outreach and education to boost HIV awareness, change risky behavior and increase the use of HIV services. We’re also working 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. And we’re training “HIV prevention champions” and health workers, engaging community leaders and the private sector, and scaling up community-led outreach and dialogues. In partnership with PEPFAR, Pact implements DREAMS in Zambia, helping girls and young women be independent and HIV-free.
Pact and its partners are also working to reach and sustain HIV epidemic control among pregnant and breastfeeding women, adolescents, infants and children in Zambia through the ACHIEVE project.
Pact is also working to reduce the pernicious problem of child labor in artisanal and small-scale mining in Zambia, in Central and Copperbelt provinces.