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.

Care That Counts: Applying Quality Standards to OVC Services in Kenya

This short film demonstrates how quality improvement (QI) methodology can be used to improve services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). It tells the story of how implementing standards of care and improvement efforts made a...

Using Collaborative Improvement to Achieve Quality Care for Vulnerable Children in Ethiopia

Date improvement activities began: March, 2008 Date of end of collaborative: February, 2009 Aims/objectives: Ethiopia has been greatly impacted by the devastating effects of HIV and AIDS. Estimates indicate that Ethiopia has over five...

PEPFAR | Care that Counts: Improving the Quality of Programs for Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Lessons Lessons learned from OVC programs have revealed the need to improve service quality and to strengthen harmonization across partners around the questions: How can our programs make a measurable difference in children’s well-being?...

Applying the Science of Improvement to Achieving Quality Care for Vulnerable Children in Ethiopia

Lessons learned from programs serving orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) affected by HIV/AIDS have revealed the need to improve quality in OVC services and to strengthen harmonization across partners around the questions: How can our...

Child Status Index

The Child Status Index (with its accompanying Child Status Record) is a tool that can be helpful in assessing and tracking priority services a vulnerable child needs. Equally useful for initial assessment and follow-up monitoring, the tool...

Testing Service Standards and Developing Best Practices for Reaching Standards in OVC Programs

Over the last year or so, several countries and programs have developed service standards for their OVC programs in order to improve the quality of services provided to children, and address the variation in, and lack of equity among, OVC...

Quality Programs for Orphans and Vulnerable Children: A Facilitator's Guide to Establishing Service Standards

This guide assists communities, governments, and civil society organizations to apply Quality Improvement (QI) methods to services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The guide outlines the key steps that organizations can follow to...

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