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Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Unit

Unit Head
Jummai Philip Musa
B.Ed, M.Ed, DSS

 

The PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) program targets infected, affected and HIV-exposed infants, children and adolescents ("<"18 years old). These include; children living with HIV, those who have lost a parent or both to HIV/AIDS who are otherwise directly affected by the disease, or live in areas of high HIV prevalence, and are made vulnerable due to its socio-economic effects. Others are children living with HIV positive caregivers, children of key population, those who suffer violence and abuse, and at-risk adolescents (i.e. out-of-school, in poor households, exploited and abused).

The vision of the OVC program is the achievement of an AIDS-free generation through programming for children orphaned and made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS. Consequently, the program contributes to the attainment of the 90-90-90 goal through;

  • Community-level stigma reduction activities for increased testing uptake
  • Disclosure counseling/support for caregivers and HIV infected Children under 18 years of age
  • Targeted testing of OVC using contextualized clinical and social criteria
  • Testing children of adult index cases
  • Improve voluntary testing and Highly Exposed Infant follow up
  • Use of bi-directional linkage coordinators (volunteer cadre from CBO) to link service provision between health facility and community-based service.
  • Sensitization & training of clinic staff on services offered by OVC programs
  • Introduction of OVC services adaptable for delivery at facilities (PMTCT support groups provide Early Childhood Development)
  • Initiate ALL identified HIV-positive children on treatment
  • Tracking of linkage success rate with custom indicators
  • Adherence support/ counseling by community OVC caseworkers
  • Accompaniment/Escort of Children Living with HIV to clinical appointments

The OVC program seeks to ensure that children/adolescents are SAFE, SCHOOLED, STABLE, and HEALTHY by implementing effective interventions using a case management approach. The overarching goal is to support the provision of a holistic service package to improve the well-being of beneficiaries. It also aims at achieving household resilience by responding to the socio-economic and emotional consequences of HIV/AIDS. These services are provided in a comprehensive, coordinated, and sustainable manner using an evidence-based child, household and community-centered focus interventions.

IHVN in collaboration with the government of Nigeria implements the OVC program in FCT, Nasarawa, Kano and Katsina. The OVC program is implemented through Community Based Organizations (CBOs) in various communities. CBOs are supported with funding and technical assistance to provide the following core services to vulnerable children and their Households:

  • Psychosocial support
  • Education
  • Health & Nutrition
  • Legal and Social protection
  • Household economic strengthening services.

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