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.

Improving educational performance of children in Chilore Primary school using quality improvement approaches in Mangochi District, Malawi

A team of community volunteers and government extension workers, with support from USAID, from 16 villages in Namwera, Mangochi District used quality improvement (QI) methods to mobilise four primary schools and their 16 surrounding communities to improve the performance of vulnerable children in the four primary schools. In December 2013, the community QI team assessed the wellbeing of a sample of 132 vulnerable children. The Child Status Index (CSI) assessment revealed that 70% of the poor scores were on education performance, food insecurity, and shelter conditions.

National Psychosocial Support Guidelines for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Kenya

These guidelines were developed for use by front line child service providers to streamline psychosocial support services for children. The guidelines provide guidance for supporting caregivers, general guidance for children of all ages, and specific guidance by age range: 0-5, 6-13, and 14-18. An implementation framework is also included.

Improving Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children and Families: Experiences from implementation in Kenya

This is a compilation of products created with support from the USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST) in Kenya based on the experience of applying quality improvement methods to improve quality of services for orphans and vulnerable children. This project was implemented between 2013 to September 2017.

2017 REPSSI Forum: Equity, Equality for all Girls, Boys and Youth

Arusha, Tanzania

Improving identification of new HIV positive children and adults: the role of community structures

The USAID Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems project (ASSIST), in collaboration with orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) implementing partner, Uganda Private Health Support Program (UPHS), set out to improve case finding of HIV-infected children and their caregivers using a quality improvement (QI) approach in the central region of Uganda. Stigma and discrimination associated with HIV positive results are known challenges to accessing HIV counseling and testing services (UNAIDS 2015).

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.

Engaging children to develop policy guidelines

Bill Okaka

Knowledge Management & Communications Officer, ASSIST Kenya

Contributing writers: Jemimah Owande and Irene Mutea (Quality Improvement Officer - OVC).