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.
In 2011, AIDSTAR-One worked with The Keeping Children Safe Coalition (KCSC) to deliver a series of training for OVC-focused PEPFAR partners in Ethiopia, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and Nigeria on developing organizational child safeguarding policies. The overall aim of the training is to increase understanding of the problem of child abuse and enable participants to strengthen, develop and implement protection measures in their organizations. A 2009 review of PEPFAR-funded child protection programs showed that very few had organizational child safeguarding policies in place. Yet any organization that works directly or indirectly with children should have clearly defined child safeguarding policies and procedures to prevent and respond to child abuse, exploitation, neglect, and violence perpetrated by staff or volunteers associated with the organization.
At this training, PEPFAR partners learned about key child safeguarding principles, including why organizational policies are necessary. They had the opportunity to develop draft policies, and strategize on a roll-out and implementation plan.
In 2012, AIDSTAR-One will deliver training to additional countries, including DRC, Mozambique, Haiti and Tanzania. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
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.
The President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), in coordination with the Together for Girls 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.
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.
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).
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.
Research shows that early childhood development (ECD) is critical to both mental and physical health later in life. However, programming targeting orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) is almost exclusively focused on school-aged OVC, and only rarely are very young children included in program activities. This technical brief, aimed at program planners and implementers, highlights the benefits of ECD interventions and outlines essential elements of ECD programming targeted towards OVC.
Chronic food insecurity and achieving strict adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART) are global challenges that, together, have a deleterious effect on children and pregnant women living with HIV. In Ethiopia, where the child malnutrition rate is one of the highest in the world, side effects of treatment threaten to reduce adherence to drug regimens and contribute to the development of drug-resistant strains of HIV. This case study examines how the Breedlove Project integrates HIV programming (treatment and PMTCT) with nutrition programming to address short-term and long-term needs of families and households in Ethiopia.
An example of how assistance can be mobilized from within communities to protect young people's access to education, Youth Alive Tanzania's Youth and Parents Crisis Counseling Center (YOPAC) is implementing "community-enforced agreements"—simple and straightforward commitments of support—that give orphans like Jamilla confidence and optimism about their futures.
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