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 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...

Guidance for Improving Family Planning/HIV Integration Service Delivery for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

PEPFAR-funded programs for vulnerable children and adolescents are assessed using the Site Improvement Monitoring System (SIMS) to ensure that programs are meeting minimum standards and providing quality services to vulnerable children and...

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...

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.

Malawi Children's Corners Situational Assessment

In Malawi, Children’s Corners provide supervision through after-school programming to children aged 6-18. These programs, supported by the Ministry of Gender, Children, Disability, and Social Welfare (MoGCDSW), are convened in local...

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).

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.

VIDEO: Six-step approach to help teams integrate gender into improvement activities

The USAID ASSIST Project recognizes that integrating gender into all project activities has the potential to improve outcomes for women and men, boys and girls. ASSIST partner WI-HER, LLC developed an innovative and effective six-step...

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