Pangaea partners with and empowers national health care providers to strengthen comprehensive HIV/AIDS strategies. Pangaea has created a network of country experts, dedicated to helping countries reverse the spread of AIDS and avert "new wave" epidemics. We assist countries and their international partners target vulnerable and marginalized groups most at risk of HIV infection, including women and girls, men who have sex with men (MSM), injecting drug users (IDUs) and incarcerated populations.
Pangaea's approach has always been to help countries develop and strengthen their own services – rather than Pangaea establishing its own, potentially duplicative programs. This approach is widely recognized by the international public health community as being crucial to building national ownership and sustainability.
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
During the second half of 2011, Pangaea supported the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in conducting formative evaluations of their Gender Equality (GE) and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identify (SOGI) Strategies. Both strategies center on ensuring access to HIV prevention, care and treatment services: the Global Fund's GE strategy focuses primarily on women and adolescent girls and the SOGI strategy concentrates on sexual minorities, including men that have sex with men (MSM), sex workers, and transgendered individuals. Executed from 2007 to 2009 by the Global Fund, Pangaea conducted an interim evaluation of the uptake of both strategies two years post implementation. For this evaluation Pangaea travelled to the Global Fund's Partnership Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil to conduct interviews with high-level officials, civil society, and marginalized groups, including women, MSM, and transgendered individuals to acquire feedback on perceived weaknesses and positive responses to each strategy. Online data gathering surveys on both strategies were also administered and compiled. The final report and the Global Fund Secretariat Response is available here.
Pangaea has advised Chevron on the implementation of its internationally-recognized global AIDS policy dedicated to providing all employees with appropriate access to treatment. Pangaea has assisted in the creation and delivery of Chevron's employee-training programs, as well as in the development and implementation of guidelines for HIV prevention, testing and treatment. Pangaea continues to advise Chevron's HIV training programs by providing up-to-date information for curricula and strategic direction to inform company health initiatives that focus on HIV education and women's reproductive health and empowerment.
Chevron's global HIV/AIDS policy is founded on a decade of best practice developed from operations in countries such as Angola, Nigeria and South Africa. The policy was developed in conjunction with independent experts and agencies, such as the United Nations Development Program, as well as Pangaea Global AIDS Foundation, and was awarded the Global Business Coalition's Excellence in the Workplace Award in June 2007. The policy has been implemented in the 180 countries where the company does business through a network of 40 HIV/AIDS policy coordinators. In January of 2008 Chevron became the first "Corporate Champion" of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria, making a commitment to invest US$30 million over three years in Global Fund-supported programs in parts of Asia and Africa.
Levi Strauss & Co.
Among the first companies in the early 1980s to educate their employees on HIV prevention, Levi Strauss & Co. is committed to providing its employees with an effective HIV/AIDS treatment and care model. Levi's has partnered with Pangaea to analyze outcomes and collect data on the company's various HIV workplace interventions, including training, messages from senior management and World AIDS Day events. Pangaea is helping Levi's identify which of the various models they have introduced are most effective in strengthening internal knowledge about the disease, increasing community involvement, and reducing HIV-related stigma in the workplace.
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure (Komen) focuses its global efforts on increasing breast cancer awareness through education and training, funding breast cancer research, and increasing early detection. In November 2011, Komen announced its collaboration with The Goldman Sach's Group, Inc. and the All-China Women's Federation (ACWF) on a pilot program in China to increase breast cancer awareness. Pangaea is assisting Komen on their program design and strategy. Through the existing, strong partnership with AIDS Care China (ACC), Pangaea and Komen hope to mobilize resources to provide increased access for women to receive breast cancer screening and linkages to treatment. Through a holistic approach, Pangaea is both assisting Komen's global mission to provide women with breast cancer screening and fulfilling its own mission to expand HIV screening and treatment.
Pangaea is collaborating with an international consortium of partners led by the Futures Group to execute an evaluation of a pilot program aiming to reduce gender-based violence in Tanzania; one of three pilot countries to receive funding from the US Government's Global Health Initiative and PEPFAR to create a comprehensive program to reduce gender-based violence. The program aims to increase community-level prevention, provide screening and treatment for survivors of gender-based violence, and improve the linkage between community and clinic-based activities. Pangaea serves as technical lead for the community level component of the program evaluation.