Cameroon enjoys general economic and political stability compared to the West Africa region as a whole, but its approximately 20 million people face a high threat of HIV infection. Fifty-three of every 1,000 people between the ages of 15 and 49 are HIV-positive. Though this prevalence rate is well below that in many other sub-Saharan countries, it nevertheless poses a threat to Cameroon’s children, leaving them at risk of becoming infected or of losing one or more parents to the disease. Orphaned and vulnerable children (OVC) face many obstacles throughout their lives, including increased risk of physical and psychological illness, poverty, and decreased access to education and healthcare. Little reliable data on these children in Cameroon exist, however, leaving much still unknown about their needs and the impact of OVC programs on their well-being.
MEASURE Evaluation worked in the country toward the development of a unified OVC monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system in partnership with many key government stakeholders, including the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry for the Promotion of Women and Families, and the National AIDS Control Commission.
In order to develop a national OVC M&E system, MEASURE Evaluation worked with key stakeholders to develop a multi-year operational system strengthening plan to guide the implementation of OVC M&E in the country. As a part of this plan, MEASURE Evaluation conducted a participatory needs assessment with stakeholders and a review of existing data on OVC. One of the major findings was that the current OVC National Strategic Plan in Cameroon included few operational details and indicators for monitoring programs and did not include the level of detail necessary to operationalize a program monitoring system.
MEASURE Evaluation worked in Cameroon until 2014 and focused on:
- Assisting key stakeholders to work towards the development of a robust national OVC M&E system within a capacity-building framework.
- Developing a clear and straightforward Results Framework that can effectively guide the implementation of the National Strategic Plan and measures to gauge its impact.
- Producing recommendations for an OVC M&E Framework for the M&E system as a whole.