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Thabisile Mngadi

country director

Nikita Gurudas

program manager

In South Africa, Pact has led far-reaching, historic efforts to stem the spread of HIV and AIDS and provide critical services to those living with the disease.

We have strengthened the capacity of local organizations that provide testing, treatment and prevention services. With funding from the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR, Pact has facilitated the efficient flow of funds to partners, dramatically increasing the scope, scale and quality of services they offer across South Africa, with many of our partners "graduating" to direct funding from the U.S. government.

Currently, Pact is helping to build the capacity of South Africa's Department of Social Development to better support orphans and vulnerable children, including those affected by abuse, neglect or exploitation. Specifically, the project is strengthening the department's response to HIV and other diseases among vulnerable children.

With support from USAID, Pact is also working to promote and protect human rights among vulnerable populations across the Southern African Development Community region. 

Stories and Highlights

Charting a healthy path for youth in South Africa

June 6, 2023
ChommY, which means ‘friend’ in South African slang, started in March 2020 as an initiative under the Government Capacity Building Support project. The program focuses on social behavior change...

With capacity building for social workers, a child forced into sex work receives the help she needs

November 30, 2022
For most of her childhood, Sinothile lived with her grandmother in Bhekuzulu township, Vryheid, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Her biological mother was mostly absent for her childhood, visiting the...

HIV viral load suppression through collaboration

June 2, 2022
The Pongola municipality in South Africa, located in the Zululand district in the KwaZulu Natal province, has high rates of HIV-positive children (CALHIV). The statistics in this community mirror...

GCBS: Supportive partnerships help local organizations improve their services and reach the most vulnerable

March 1, 2022
Kgetleng Rivier Carers is a community-based nonprofit organization (NPO) providing care and support to the most vulnerable children in its community. Situated in South Africa’s North West (NW)...

Dedicated and passionate Pact staff drive the success of DREAMS in South Africa

December 8, 2021
In South Africa, Pact has been implementing and supporting DREAMS through a family strengthening intervention called Let’s Talk since October 2020 in three provinces: Gauteng, Limpopo and the Free...
Photo courtesy of Matshediso Mohoje

A walk in my shoes: A social worker in South Africa makes a difference for children vulnerable to HIV

March 16, 2021
I first heard about the girl from a nurse at a clinic that I support in Bojanala, South Africa. A social worker with USAID’s Government Capacity Building Support program, or GCBS, I followed up with...
Children play games as part of ChommY, a GCBS-supported program designed to reduce risky behavior and HIV infections among 10-to-14 year olds. (Credit: Tanja Bencun-Roberts/Pact)

Supporting HIV-vulnerable children in South Africa: Why health and social system strengthening is key

December 14, 2020
South Africa’s HIV rates are among the highest in the world. We know that the country’s children – especially those who are orphaned or otherwise socially vulnerable – are critical to finally...
DSD Deputy Minister Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu. (Photo: Pact)

In South Africa, USAID and Pact expand partnership with government to prevent youth HIV

October 8, 2020
The Department of Social Development (DSD) in South Africa, in partnership with USAID, recently launched the Government-to-Government (G2G) initiative to implement social behavioral change programs....
Photo: KZN

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

August 10, 2020
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...