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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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.

A story of how community teams improved school attendance in Kapsoya, Kenya

Jemimah Owande

Quality Improvement Advisor, OVC, Kenya, USAID ASSIST/URC

One major challenge facing children around the world is access to basic education. The second Millennium Development Goal sets universal primary education as a key target for all nations by 2015. And free primary education was identified as crucial to attaining that goal.

Despite the free primary education policy introduced by the Kenyan government in 2003, many children who should benefit from it are still out of school. One community in Uasin Gishu County—Kapsoya—realizing that their children were not attending school or performing as well as they could, through the quality improvement team, decided to intervene.