Mama Mkubwa Psychosocial Support Program

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

Year: 2007


An estimated 12 million children aged 17 and younger have lost one or both parents to AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa (UNICEF, 2006). 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 include impact assessments and costing studies of each program. This case study was conducted to impart a thorough understanding of The Salvation Army’s (TSA) Mama Mkubwa Psychosocial Support Program model and to document lessons learned that could be applied to other initiatives. While TSA is additionally piloting the WORTH Program in Tanzania intended to improve economic security of OVC, this case study focuses on the Psychosocial Support Program. Case study information gathering activities included program document review and program site visits. The primary audience for this case study includes OVC program implementers in Tanzania and elsewhere in Africa, as well as relevant policy makers and funding agencies addressing OVC needs.

Filed under: Orphans and Vulnerable Children , Monitoring, Evaluation , Tanzania , HIV/AIDS , Child Health