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IHVN, CBOs discuss new OVC strategies

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More than 30 Community-Based Organizations (CBO) in the Federal Capital Territory and Nasarawa State received orientation from the Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) on new strategies for quality care and support to orphans and vulnerable children (OVC).

The five-day orientation which held in Abuja, featured presentations and practical sessions on reaching out to HIV infected and affected children in communities. IHVN OVC Program Lead, Mrs. Jummai Musa stated that equipping care providers with new trends in service delivery will enable them to give their best.

“There are new strategies. You have to bring everybody on board to be able to move in the same direction. In the community, we have more services we can intervene in like psychosocial support, household economic strengthening, education and protection,” she said. Mrs. Musa added that the OVC program is working towards having children who are stable, safe, schooled and in health.

images“Most of the children that we are looking at enrolling in our program are the HIV positive children. We don’t also want to leave behind our adolescent boys and girls,” she said.

Participants said that their capacity have been boosted to collaborate better with others. Ifeoma Umeh who works as a Program Manager with Teens and Youth Empowerment and Capacity Enhancement, a CBO that caters for about 2000 children in Bwari Area Council, said that she has been “informed and updated more on our roles and our collaboration with other stakeholders in the community to make sure that children are protected.”

Another participant from Family Health Care Foundation Lafia, Mr. Obunri Esla said that with the orientation received, they will collaborate more with people in the community. “We are going to involve the community persons in each decision that we take, like transitioning enrolment of children to schools. We’ll be able to set committees to also guide the process. It is very important to involve the child so that when we are not around, the thing we do will be sustained.”

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