Vulnerable Children

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Community-based programs link many families to health and social services. These programs ensure that HIV-positive children have access and adhere to treatment and that HIV-positive caregivers can meet the needs of their children.

MEASURE Evaluation supports efforts to improve routine monitoring systems and collect information for case management, program monitoring, and identification of beneficiaries by vulnerable children programs. This collection of indicators is an important element of MEASURE Evaluation’s work to build capacity to monitor and evaluate community-based vulnerable children programs.

To create these common indicators, MEASURE Evaluation reached out to PEPFAR (The United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief)—and other donor-supported programs that work at the community level to support vulnerable children—to obtain data collection tools. The tools chosen for this collection are those used by community workers in Nigeria, Ethiopia, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire, the DRC, and Botswana to assess vulnerability and risk and monitor family care, services provided, and the status of adult and child beneficiaries and identify, enroll, and refer beneficiaries. The most common data elements among these tools were incorporated into the indicators in this collection. Each indicator is accompanied by a definition. These definitions were specifically designed to inform data collection by community programs and agents. To learn more about the vulnerabilities faced by children exposed to (or vulnerable to) HIV as well as associated tools and resources, go to the MEASURE Evaluation Orphans and Vulnerable Children main page.

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