Vulnerable Children & Families

School Children in Nigeria

Due to the long-term effects of HIV, AIDS and poverty, many countries are home to increasing numbers of vulnerable children requiring care and support beyond what can be provided by their families. Government, civil society, and the international donor community have attempted to fill those gaps in care and support through the provision of services to millions of at-risk children. Standardizing the delivery of child and family welfare services is a first step toward achieving a systemic and sustained response to the needs of vulnerable children and families. Improvement methods can help national coordinating bodies and implementing partners to develop and put in practice outcomes-oriented standards for vulnerable children and family services. Improvement methods can also test models to support and strengthen government capacity to protect most vulnerable children--those at risk of or living outside of family care.

Parenting for Lifelong Health Research Findings

The PEPFAR Interagency OVC Technical Working Group and the OVC Task Force is hosting an exciting event where you will learn about the latest randomized controlled trial results from the Parenting for Lifelong Health Initiative (PLH). PLH is an initiative including the World Health Organization, UNICEF and academics from the global South and North, with donor partners, LMIC governments and PEPFAR-USAID, implementing partner NGOs, and with participatory input from families in LMIC.

Evaluation 2016: Evaluation of a Beneficiary Identification Tool

Atlanta, Georgia

Evaluation 2016, the American Evaluation Association's annual conference, will be held in Atlanta on October 24-29. Diana Chamrad of the ASSIST Project will be discussing her work evaluating a beneficiary identification tool in Uganda.

A brighter future for orphans and vulnerable children

Bill Okaka

Knowledge Management & Communications Officer, ASSIST Kenya


Watano Initiative meeting to discuss health and education matters of OVC. Photo credit: Bill Okaka.

Three decades into the advent of HIV/AIDS in Kenya, the struggle has moved from

PEPFAR OVC Technical Considerations 2015

PEPFAR’s Technical Considerations consolidates into one document recommendations for program planning and implementation across a range of programmatic areas. The Technical Considerations are not intended to serve as policy guidance or establish required criteria within PEPFAR country programs, nor are they guidelines, as these are produced by normative bodies (e.g., the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)).

National Standards and Guidelines for Care for Vulnerable Children, Lesotho

Evidence and experience from African countries that have been severely affected by the HIV and AIDS epidemic have shown that the loss of a productive family member exerts a financial burden on the household and can have serious consequences for a child’s access to basic needs such as: shelter, food, clothing, health and education. This lack of income puts extra pressures on a household and particularly on orphaned children to contribute financially to the household, in some cases driving them to the streets to work, beg, or seek food.

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY15

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY15 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries. During FY15, USAID ASSIST provided assistance in 23 countries through field and core funding.

FY15 Results:

PEPFAR 3.0 and OVC Programming

Join us for an exciting event that will discuss Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) programming in the PEPFAR 3.0 landscape. This event will provide an opportunity to learn from and dialogue with U.S. Government OVC program stakeholders and OVC program implementers on the roll out of PEPFAR 3.0, implications for OVC programming, and learning to date.

Children's perspectives on ending violence against children in Tanzania

Delphina Ntangeki

Improvement Advisor, KM and Communications, Tanzania, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

Flora Nyagawa

Quality Improvement Advisor, Tanzania, USAID ASSIST/URC

“Tanzania has 897,913 children living under difficult conditions and exposed to various forms of violence… some of the children don’t have access to quality education, balanced diet and good parental care. The presence of HIV/AIDS, poverty, social conflicts and various forms of violence contributes to the increased number of children living under difficult condition in the country,” said the Vice President of United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Dr. Mohammed Gharib Bilal at the officiating of the first National Most Vulnerable Children (MVC) Conference, held February 18-19, 2015.

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