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.

National Standards for Improving the Quality of Life of Vulnerable Children in Nigeria: Community Job Aid and Community Booklet

The job aid and booklet are intended to assist people to understanding and providing services to vulnerable children in Nigeria. The job aid is a companion to the National Standards for Improving the Quality of Life of Vulnerable Children...

USAID ASSIST Project Experience Improving HIV Services

This technical report summarizes the experience of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) Project and its predecessor, the USAID Health Care Improvement...

Improving services for orphans and vulnerable children in Uganda

This short report describes the support USAID ASSIST is providing in Uganda to the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development and other implementing partners to improve service delivery for vulnerable children by working with...

Behind the walls: health and psychosocial needs of incarcerated youth in Haiti

Diana Chamrad

Senior Technical Advisor, Vulnerable Child and Family Programs, USAID ASSIST Project/URC
Play Yard in Haiti Youth Prison

Play Yard in Haiti Youth Prison

When bumping along the streets of Port au Prince, Haiti, you don’t always think about who lives behind the building walls you see from your car.  But today, along with Daniel Joseph, the USAID ASSIST Resident Advisor in Haiti, I had a glimpse into life for 129 teenage boys living behind the walls of a juvenile prison, Centre de Reeducation des Mineurs en Conflit avec la Loi (CERMICOL). These boys range in age from 13 to 17 years and have been incarcerated for alleged crimes ranging from theft to rape and murder.  Pretrial detainment is a common occurrence with only 8 of the 129 boys having appeared before a judge, resulting in some boys imprisoned for one or two years without a court appearance.

Improving access to quality education in Nakanyanja Primary School in Mkata area in Mangochi District, Malawi

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a team of government extension workers and community members from five villages in Mangochi District used quality improvement methods to mobilise community...

Improving household food security in Mwanganya area through community involvement in Karonga District, Malawi

With support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), a group of community members agreed to improve their household food security situation during the hunger months with support from a multi-sectoral team of...

Improving income-generating activities for vulnerable children and families at Agape Nyakibare Civil Society Organization

Income-generating activities and education are priority services for families of vulnerable children, and community savings groups are often proposed as a key intervention to facilitate them. Managing loans to ensure repayment and...

Creating Partnerships in Community Child Protection and Quality Improvement

Washington, DC

On March 18, 2014, USAID ASSIST Senior Improvement Advisor for Orphans and Vulnerable Children, Dr. Diana Chamrad, along with representatives from African NGOs the Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) and the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN), presented the implementation, results and learning from the Partnership in Community Child Protection to USAID and PEPFAR.

Care That Counts eLearning Course for Quality Improvement in Programs for Vulnerable Children

This eLearning course is designed for in-country Ministry personnel, international non-governmental organizations (NGO), national NGOs, USAID Mission staff, or anyone interested in learning more about using quality improvement principles...

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