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

The National Standards were developed by the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and implementing partners in Nigeria. The National Standards were developed to: Provide a uniform and evidence-based approach for service...

How can caregivers and the community be engaged to support children to regularly attend school?

Harriet Komujuni

Quality Improvement Officer, Uganda, USAID ASSIST Project/URC

In July 2013, we set out to work on improving regular school attendance at one of the orphans and vulnerable children service delivery points. In the beginning, I held a pre-conceived idea that children were not in school mostly because their caregivers could not afford the school requirements. After all, the category of children we were working with are those who are vulnerable because of many factors including poverty.   Further discussions with the service providers highlight the lack of resources from parents to provide for school attendance which increased school dropout.

Community Improvement Guide and Team Journal

This Guide for Applying Improvement Methods to Implement the National Standards for Improving the Quality of Life for Vulnerable Children is intended as a companion document to the National Standards for Improving the Quality of Life for...

Applying a standards-based improvement approach to vulnerable children programming in Nigeria: Jane and Yaro's stories

These cartoons tell the story of the improvement process for addressing needs of vulnerable children at the community level. These are a companion to the National Standards for Improving Quality of Care for Vulnerable Children in Nigeria.

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...