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Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC)

OVCAs a consequence of HIV and AIDS, Zimbabwe is facing one of the biggest challenges it has ever had to confront. The lives of millions of children, adolescents and young people have been redefined by HIV and AIDS (UNICEF, 2005). While numerous efforts have been made to implement community-based initiatives, which support orphans and vulnerable children (OVC), the focus has been primarily on providing material and psychosocial support. The approach has neglected to provide valuable life-skills information which orphans and children need in their special circumstances, to make informed, healthy life decisions.


SAfAIDS, in collaboration with the National Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (NANGO), is implementing an information project that complements current government efforts in OVC. The overall goal of the project is to reach at least 25% of OVC in Zimbabwe by December 2009 with comprehensive life saving and life enhancement information and skills that contribute to the development of OVC, break the vicious cycle of vulnerability and HIV transmission and enhance personal survival of OVC. More specifically by 2010 under NAP project for OVC SAfAIDS is:

  • Developing and disseminating (print and electronic IEC materials as guided by the needs of the implementing program partners and beneficiaries (OVC).
  • Documenting at least 10 (1 per province) best practices from current and emerging OVC programs.
  • Facilitating national platforms (4 per year) for sharing of information and dissemination of the best practices to promote cross learning and cross fertilization of ideas among implementing partners, researchers and key stakeholders.
  • Producing 2 periodical newsletters (per year) on OVC to facilitate sharing of new information and experiences from the field targeted at 5 000 service providers/CBOs and 50 000 OVCs aged 10-17 yrs in Zimbabwe.
  • As guided by the NAP secretariate for OVC, repackaging, translating and disseminating selected key OVC documents into user friendly and accessible packages for OVC, implementing partners and key stakeholders in Zimbabwe.

Guided by SAfAIDS' belief and understanding that information is the power to make a difference in people's lives, the programme uses participatory methods to amplify the voices of orphans and vulnerable children ensure that their voices are heard. SAfAIDS is collaborating with NANGO, whose strength is its network members and its ability to mobilize communities for information dissemination and advocacy activities. By combining their comparative advantages SAfAIDS and NANGO are scaling up the production and dissemination of high quality, relevant and creatively packaged information materials for OVC and key stakeholders in Zimbabwe.



T.o.T Handbook: Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children Living with HIV

Training of Trainers (ToT) Handbook: Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children Living with HIV


SAfAIDS, in collaboration with the American Jewish World Services (AJWS) and Firelight Foundation have developed a Regional Children's HIV Treatment Literacy Toolkit. The primary aim of the toolkit is to support children living positively or on ART, and to support their parents and caregivers, and others in their “Circle of Care”. The toolkit contains a variety of materials for children, parents as well as primary caregivers and service providers. This Handbook is one of the components of the toolkit and can be used together with the Service Providers’ Manual and pieces of the Children’s Toolkit.


Download the Training of Trainers (ToT) Handbook: Supporting Parents and Caregivers of Children Living with HIV


Click here to download the CHildren's HIV Treatment Literacy Toolkit


State of the World's Children 2009: Maternal and Newborn Health

The State of the World’s Children 2009 focuses on maternal and neonatal health and identifies the interventions and actions that must be scaled up to save lives. Most maternal and neonatal deaths can be averted through proven interventions – including adequate nutrition, improved hygiene practices, antenatal care, skilled health workers assisting at births, emergency obstetric and newborn care, and post-natal visits for both mothers and newborns – delivered through a continuum of care linking households and communities to health systems. Research indicates that around 80 per cent of maternal deaths are preventable if women have access to essential maternity and basic health-care services.

Redefining Child Rights Within a Cultural Framework in the Era of HIV and AIDS: Enganging Communities in Exploratory Dialogues

Redefining Child Rights Within a Cultural Framework in the Era of HIV and AIDS: Enganging Communities in Exploratory Dialogues: Meeting Report - Holiday Inn, Crown Plaza, 14 February 2008, SAfAIDS


SAfAIDS successfully rganised and conducted a partners meeting on the 14th of February 2008, at Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. The purpose of the meeting was to brief partners on a new project in ’Redefining Child Rights within a Cultural Framework in the Era of HIV and AIDS’.

Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations; Children Affected by AIDS

Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children Affected by AIDS is an update of the 2003 report Africa’s Orphaned Generations. It incorporates new and refined estimates of the number of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as current research on the impact of AIDS and orphaning. Information about orphans in the region has increased significantly in recent years and research has become more rigorous. And, while information on other vulnerable children in the region lags far behind, the situation of some well-defined groups, such as children living with chronically ill parents, is now being studied more systematically.

TB/HIV Co-Infection, Antiretroviral Therapy And Children: The Basics You Should Know

This factsheet answers and explains a number of issues around TB/HIV Co-infection such as:

  • What is Tuberculosis (TB)? 
  • How can TB be revented?
  • What is the connection between TB and HIV?
  • Why is it important to know about TB and HIV co-infection?
  • Can TB be treated in people living with HIV?

Placing Children in the Visibility Zone - A SAfAIDS Approach

"Children's Rights continue to be addressed as Second-class within the development sphere - particularly in the context of the HIV and AIDS epidemics. Placing children meaningfully and "VISIBLY"on the all response agendas remains Paramount to effective scale-up and realisationof Universal Access targets at country and global levels."
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