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Comprehensive Assistance Support and Empowerment of Orphan and Vulnerable Children

USAID CASE OVC project is funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Christian Aid and implemented by CDK as a local implementing partner in Kitui County. The project aims at ensuring that children affected by HIV/AIDs are resilient and thriving within their households and communities under the following sub purposes;

  1. Improved health and social status OVC and their families
  2. Enhanced economic resilience, caregiving and protection capacities of households and caregivers.
  3. Strengthened formal and informal protection systems that are responsive, inclusive and accountable to the needs of OVC.

To achieve the above sub purposes, the program work is defined into four domains as follows;

Healthy– this domain includes interventions to support the achievement of health outcomes, build health and nutrition knowledge and skills in caregivers, and facilitate access to key health services especially HIV testing, care, and treatment services enable vulnerable children, especially girls stay HIV free.

The domain has 7 benchmarks

  • Reduced risk of children with undiagnosed HIV infection
  • Caregivers know the HIV status of children for whom they provide care and their own HIV status
  • Increased adherence to HIV treatment
  • Viral load suppression
  • Reduced risk of mother to child transmission of HIV
  • Reduced risk of mother to child transmission of HIV
  • Reduced risk of HIV infection (particularly among adolescents’ girls)
  • Treatment for chronic illness or disability

Stable – this domain includes interventions that reduce economic vulnerabilities and increase resiliency in adolescents and families affected by and vulnerable to HIV.

The domain has 4 benchmarks

  • Food security and nutrition
  • Basic needs
  • Emergency expenses
  • Knows how and where to access house hold economic services

Safe – includes interventions to prevent and mitigate violence, abuse, exploitation and neglect of children and adolescents, including sexual and gender-based violence.

The domain has 5 benchmarks

  • Child headed household receive support
  • Psychosocial wellbeing of the child
  • Children are free from violence, abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the home and school environment
  • Psychosocial for caregiver and resiliency
  • Positive parenting

Schooled-includes interventions to support children and adolescents affected by and vulnerable to HIV to overcome barriers to accessing education

Domain benchmarks

  • Regular attendance, retention and progression in school, including primary, secondary or vocational.

Coverage; The project operates in all the 8 sub counties of Kitui County namely; Kitui Central, Kitui Rural, Kitui East, Kitui South, Kitui West, Mwingi West, Mwingi Central and Mwingi North.

Current caseload

4025 OVC with 1291 Children and adolescents living with HIV (CALHIV) and 10 Highly Exposed Infants. The program work is supported by case workers commonly known as community health volunteers spread across Kitui county who act as champions and advocates for the rights of persons living with HIV.

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