USAID 4TheChild Program-Tuungane, Tulinde, Tuwekeze Tuboreshe Afya Na Elimu ya Mtoto
GZA is implementing a 5 year orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) program known as USAID 4TheChild program- in partnership with Moi University Collage of Health Sciences (MUCHS -lead partner), Make Me Smile Kenya (MMK) and Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF) in the entire Kisumu West Sub County, Kisumu County. This program addresses the UNAIDS target of 95% 95% 95%
The goal– to “increased use of quality county-led health and social services for targeted children and adolescents.” The program seeks to help Children and adolescents living with HIV and those affected by it, to save their lives, defend their rights, help them fulfill their potential whilst empowering local and county-level OVC stakeholders to strengthen the formal and informal HIV, child protection systems and services as well as linkages between them, including multi-sectorial service referrals and coordination to ensure quality service delivery to OVC and their Households. USAID 4TheChild program intends to achieve her goal through three main sub purses:
- Increased Targeted Services for HIV Exposed, Infected and Affected O
- Increased Economic Stability of HHs to Care and Protect OVC
3. Strengthened Capacity of Local Social Services Systems and Structures to Support OVC Services
To advance the above, the program integrates OVC/HCBC with the ART (AIDS Relief) and other on-going OVC-PEPFAR programs. Ensuring that the OVC program integrates agriculture and microfinance to promote food security and improve incomes, Initiate collaborative activities with county partners, including Ministry of Gender, Children & Social Development, Children’s Department and other National organizations as appropriate. To create ownership and sustainability, the program will implement J2SR within the coverage area, involving the private service providers as key stakeholders and contributors in OVC service delivery. USAID 4TheChild program uses case management approach to OVC programing.
GZA together with CRS implemented USAID MWENDO OVC project in Kisumu county between April 2018 to May 2021. The project covered Kisumu West Sub county (West Kisumu, North West Kisumu, South West Kisumu and Kisumu North Wards) and Seme Sub-county (North Seme, East Seme and West Seme Wards). Our core business was to prioritize interventions for “…CLHIV, Children who are directly affected by the disease, or who live in areas of high HIV prevalence and may be vulnerable to the disease or its socio-economic effects.” This Included; children who have lost a parent to HIV/AIDS, children living with HIV positive caregivers including HIV exposed infants (HEI) and adolescents living in a high HIV prevalence area (i.e. adolescent girls, children of key populations, children living outside of family care, and those out of school). Our mandate was to reach children that are most vulnerable to HIV infection to mitigate the impact of HIV and prevent new HIV infections whilst doing household economic empowerment to the already affected ones.
GZA was addressing these main objectives:
Our coverage areas for MWENDO project were as follows in Kisumu West and Seme sub-counties. The table below shows the summary of our coverage areas and the number of OVC targeted:
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