Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS), Nigeria

The Community-Based Orphans and Vulnerable Children (CUBS) project in Nigeria provides support and coordination for scaling up of HIV activities using community-based responses to identify, locate and protect orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). Under the AIDSTAR indefinite quantity contract (IQC) mechanism, Management Sciences for Health (MSH), is joined by Africare in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and the State Ministries of Women Affairs to address these focus areas under a five-year contract.

Through the CUBS project, PEPFAR strengthens the capacity of federal and state government agencies to plan and implement OVC programs. The project will support the implementation of Nigeria’s National Plan of Action on OVC by developing and strengthening community based service delivery for orphans and vulnerable children.

Using a bottom-up approach to mobilize families and OVC care and support, CUBS integrates a currently fragmented OVC service delivery system, mobilizes community support, and raises awareness to reduce stigma, discrimination, and isolation. The CUBS project provides capacity building and on-the-job mentoring for state and community-based providers and institutions, implements targeted systems strengthening activities, and offers small grants to community based organizations (CBOs). The partnership will leverage existing resources and build on already established federal, state, and community foundations to improve OVC services, and learn from promising practices for wider dissemination.  By 2014, 50,000 OVCs in 11 focal states will be provided with comprehensive OVC servies consistent with national OVC guidelines. 

1.    Provide support for coordination and scale up of HIV activities
2.    Mobilize and support community-based responses that identify, locate, and protect OVC
3.    Deliver a holistic service package focusing on multifaceted needs of OVC
4.    Address gender-related issues in OVC programming
5.    Document and disseminate successful innovative approaches, sustainable models, and evidence-based best practices


  • Capacity building and technical assistance: CUBS will build capacity and provide technical support to national and state level agencies, CSOs, and FBOs
  • Community mobilization and coordination:  CUBS will foster coordination, ensure quality of OVC services, policy development and advocacy through establishing OVC forums
  • Systems strengthening: The project will strengthen OVC systems to enhance the effectiveness of the national OVC program
  • Expanding service outreach: CUBS will expand coverage and access to services
  • Leveraging and linking resources: CUBS will leverage and link resources, including clinical and community-based partners
  • Small innovation grants to CSOs: Through grants, CUBS will identify new approaches to expand OVC services and build technical capacity of CBOs and FBOs


Contact Information

Liman Audu Muhammed
Chief of Party
Management Sciences for Health
4th Floor Re-Insurance Building
784A Herbert Macaulay Way, CBD, Abuja
Tel No: 08075200177