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  1. Schools as Centres of Care and Support (SCCS): Responding to the Needs of Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children in Rural Areas

    Southern Africa's rural and impoverished communities are some of the hardest hit by the HIV and AIDS pandemic. Large numbers of vulnerable children in these AIDS-affected communities struggle to access resources and services they desperately need and are entitled to. Despite this, most children still attend school, making schools an obvious avenue through which to address the multiplicity of needs of vulnerable children. The case study presented here describes an innovative and effective programme built on the principles of a multi-sectoral approach to HIV and AIDS. …

  2. Coordination for vulnerable children: Alliance Zambia's efforts to strengthen government and community OVC systems

    Alliance Zambia's experience implementing a programme to strengthen community support systems for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has highlighted coordination within government, and partnership between government and civil society, as essential building blocks for effective OVC support.

  3. Guidelines for National OVC Programme Coordination

    The National Strategic Programme Plan of Intervention (for Orphans and Vulnerable Children) calls for a harmonised response among different players and interventions to ensure delivery of comprehensive services. An OVC programme coordination mechanism has been developed to harmonise approaches across the 10 core interventions that constitute comprehensive OVC service delivery as defined by the Government of Uganda. OVC programme coordination requires the involvement the key sectors engaged in the improvement of child welfare and social protection at both the national and local level. …

  4. OVC Programmes in South Africa funded by the U.S. president's emergency plan for AIDS relief. Summary report for 32 case studies

    Despite the magnitude and dire consequences of the growing number of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in South Africa, and elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, there is insufficient documentation of the strategies deployed to improve the well-being of these children. In an attempt to fill these knowledge gaps, the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (emergency plan)/South Africa commissioned Khulisa Management Services to research and write 32 case studies of emergency plan-funded OVC programmes in South Africa. …

  5. SCOPE OVC Project

    This a review of the SCOPE OVC Project in Zambia. The main objective of the project has been to strengthen community led initiatives and establish community based and led reponses to OVCs. This is inrecognition of the fact that community led initiatives are likley to have long lasting impact within communities. …

  6. School and community interventions and strategies that aim to improve the access and quality of education for AIDS affected children

    This presentations suggests various methods and strategies for community and school interventions that aim to improve the access and quality of education for AIDS affected children. This strategies were derived from experiences within communitities schools that were sensitive to the vulnerability of children affected by the disease.

  7. Principles and Recommendations for Scaling Up Community Mobilization and Capacity Building to Mitigate the Impacts of HIV/AIDS on Children and Families

    These recommendations are derived from a study on community and capacity building which was supported by Displaced Children and Orphans Fund of USAID. The Recommendations would suggest that there is a need for such studies to be carried in as many communities as possible in order to establish dialogue with the communities prior to any program implementation. Participatory methodology was identified as most ideal and it was further recommended that the findings of such studies should guide subsequent action to support community efforts to protect and care for especially vulnerable children.

  8. Developing a strategy to strengthen community capacity to assist HIV/AIDS-affected children and families: the COPE Program of Save the Children Federation in Malawi,

    The purpose of this report is to develop an intervention strategy that can be utilized by external change agents to mobilize sustainable, effective community action to mitigate the impacts of HIV/AIDS on children and families

  9. Community Based Orphan Assistance in Zimbabwe: Developing and Expanding National Models by Building partnerships with NGOs, CBOs and the private sector

    This report is a follow up activity resultant from the release on World AIDS Day of 'Children on the Brink'. Children on the Brink served as a wake up call for the international development community on the issue of children orphaned by AIDS as it portrays the scale and urgency of this demographic event in unprecedented fashion, a clear picture of the massive impact the pandemic will have on children, families, societies and economies in Sub-Saharan Africa through the first third of the next century. …

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