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.

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.

Supporting communities to develop sustainable solutions to improve the welfare of girls and boys in Kenya

Stanley Masamo

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

In Kenya, our OVC team is working to strengthen systems at national and local levels to support the institutionalization of quality improvement in the OVC program to improve the welfare of girls and boys. This includes providing TA to our service delivery partners -including APHIA plus, AMPATH plus, and the Ministry of Labour Social Security and Services - to apply improvement techniques to strengthen care for vulnerable girls, vulnerable boys, and their households. 

USAID ASSIST Project Annual Performance Monitoring Report FY14

This annual report for the USAID ASSIST Project summarizes the project's accomplishments and results in FY14 supporting the application of modern improvement methods by host country providers and managers in USAID-assisted countries...

2014 OVC Task Force Conference

A two day conference, 19 - 20 November, to promote quality OVC programming that meaningfully and measurably improves child well-being.

Conference Objectives:

  1. Improve understanding of key challenges affecting OVC programming and possible solutions, and
  2. Increase knowledge of evidence-based approaches and technical resources to improve program quality.

Target Audience: US-based representatives who provide technical backstopping of their agency's OVC programming

Improving Health Care: The Results and Legacy of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project

This final report of the USAID Health Care Improvement Project (HCI) summarizes the key accomplishments and learning of this seven-year global technical assistance project of the USAID Office of Health Systems. Implemented from 2007-2014,...

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