Community-Based HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care, and Support Program


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Author(s): Hoffman A, Thurman TR, Chatterji M, Brown L

Year: 2007

Abstract:

An estimated 12 million children aged 17 and under have lost one or both parents to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF, 2006a). Despite recognition of the magnitude and negative consequences of this problem, there is little evidence on “what works” to improve the well being of children affected by HIV and AIDS. In an attempt to fill this knowledge gap, MEASURE Evaluation is conducting targeted evaluations of five programs for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in five unique settings — two in Kenya and three in Tanzania. Case studies are the first phase of MEASURE Evaluation’s targeted evaluations and begin the process of information sharing on lessons learned in programming for OVC. Additional evaluation activities under the MEASURE Evaluation targeted evaluation activity include an impact assessment and costing activity of each of the five selected programs. This case study was conducted to impart a thorough understanding of U.S. Pathfinder in Kenyal’s OVC program model and to document lessons learned that could be applied to other initiatives. This case study is based upon a program document review; program site visits, including discussions with local staff, volunteers, beneficiaries and community members; as well as observations of program activities. The primary audience for this case study includes OVC program implementers in Kenya and elsewhere in Africa, as well as relevant policymakers and funding agencies addressing OVC needs.

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