Slowly but Surely: Evaluations of Three Programs Supporting Most Vulnerable Children in Tanzania Show Some Benefits

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Author(s): Nyangara F, Lema E

Year: 2009


This policy brief provides a concise summary of key findings from three orphan and vulnerable children (OVC) program evaluations conducted in Tanzania. It examines the policy and programmatic implications of study results and offers recommendations for service providers and other decision-makers at the program and national levels. The three OVC programs evaluated were Mama Mkubwa & Kids' Club implemented by The Salvation Army, which had been operating for two years in the Mbeya region; Tumaini Project implemented by CARE International, Family Health International, and a faith-based organization Allamano, operating for five years in Iringa region; and Jali Watoto, implemented by Pact and a community-based organization, SAWAKA, operating for four years in Karagwe, Kagera region. These programs implemented different combinations of intervention strategies, including community mobilization and sensitization; health education and HIV prevention activities; home visits by trained volunteers; kids' clubs; income generating activities; and the provision of direct material support such as school materials, health services, and food support.

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