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Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children (OVC)

Expanding Evidence-Based Programming for Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children

Case studies, reports, and promising practices for program administrators, planners and managers worldwide

AIDSTAR-One's OVC technical resources are also available on OVCsupport.net, a global hub for the exchange of experience, practice and tools on policy and programming about children and HIV. For comprehensive OVC resources, please visit OVCsupport.net.

AIDSTAR-One has supported child-protection activities designed to support children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV from abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect. These activities include:



Youth Disclosure Materials

This series of color booklets is designed to aid caregivers of children living with HIV in the step-by-step pediatric disclosure process. Four question-and-answer style books address age-appropriate issues about treatment, adherence, and sexual health for children and adolescents.

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Considerations Paper: Community-Based Early Childhood Development Centers for Reaching OVC—Considerations & Challenges

Community-based early childhood development (ECD) centers can be an important focal point for delivering comprehensive services to young children while enhancing the capacity of caregivers, families, and communities to support young children's development. When done well, these programs can be sustainable because of their emphasis on fostering community ownership. This issue paper is intended to provide OVC program managers with examples of best practices in community-based ECD center programming to best meet the children they serve.

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Technical Consultation: PEPFAR Expert Meeting on Post-Rape Care for Children in Primary Health Centers that Provide HIV Care

The President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in coordination with the Together for Girls outside link partnership, convened a one-day expert meeting on post-rape care for children in primary health centers that also provide HIV care. The impetus for the meeting stemmed from the need to develop systematic guidance on provision of post-rape care services for persons under the age of eighteen. The objectives of this meeting were to develop key recommendations for the delivery of post-rape care in primary health centers for those under age 18 and review existing guidelines and documents to develop technical considerations to inform PEPFAR specifically, and may be used by other partners and implementers more broadly.

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Technical Consultation: Meeting the HIV, MNCH & Social Support Needs of Mothers & Their Young Children

The PEPFAR Technical Working Groups for Care and Support, PMTCT, Pediatric Treatment, OVC and Nutrition hosted a Field Driven Learning Meeting for U.S. government staff and partners in Africa from November 8-10, 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The purpose of the three day meeting was to share promising practices and approaches to integrating HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services for pregnant women, infants and their mothers, and pre-school aged children and their mothers. Specifically the workshop allowed for South-to South sharing of successes and challenges.

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Technical Report: Protecting Children Affected by HIV Against Abuse, Exploitation, Violence, and Neglect

This document is intended to explore strategies to protect children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV (OVC) from abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect. The report draws from lessons learned by OVC program managers, designers, and policy developers—particularly those associated with the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEFPAR).

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Case Study: Legal Units - Child Protection for OVC

Orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) are susceptible to abuse, exploitation, violence, and neglect and often do not have access to support systems designed to assist in these instances. This case study examines Legal Units in Côte d'Ivoire, a network of individuals and resources that can be tapped as needed to protect the rights of children and their families.

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