Orphaned and Vunerable Chulidren (OVC) Project is a 4GATES Program which is a global action towards HIV Epidemic control in sub-national units in Nigeria. It is a five year comprehensive HIV Care, treatment and prevention program funded by CDC with a mandate to work with GoN, FBOs, Private-for-profit health facilities. In Nigeria, the program is focused on four states namely Delta, Enugu, Ebonyi and Imo.
The four consuitium who are working in the four states to achieve the four objectives are CARITAS NIGERIA – PRIME (CCFN), PRO HEALTH INTERNATIONAL (PHI), PALLADIUM and CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICE (CRS).
Following the report of NAIIS 2018, three of the four States supported by 4GATES were classified as RED STATES, namely – Delta, Enugu and Imo State. As a result of this, 4GATES is currently implementing SURGE project across these three states. The project has a mandate to identify 450 new HIV+ every week and also to put them on treatment. This implies that OVC program must be able to contribute to HIV case finding, linkage to treatment and viral load suppression across these three states. A major objective is that all the Children and Adolescents living with HIV must be enrolled under the OVC program.
Who is an OVC?
In PEPFAR parlance, the term orphans and vulnerable children refers to children under the age of 18 who are affected by and made vunerable to HIV/AIDS. This includes both orphans and nonorphans whose well-being or development is threathened because they live in HIV-affected households and communities. And also, children under the age of 18 years who have lost one or both parents due to HIV/AIDS.
What Goal does the project seek to achieve?
Keep children HEALTHY, SAFE, SCHOOLED and STABLE
What is the Vision driving the project?
Achievement of an AIDS-free generation through programming for children orphaned made vulnerable by HIV/AIDS
What are the Objectives of the Project?
– Contribute to the attainment of the 90-90-90 goals of UNAIDS
– Responding to the social (including economic) and emotional consequences of HIV/AIDS on children, their families, and communities that support them
– Ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence and abuse
How is the Project Implemented?
4GATES subgranted the implementation of the OVC project in Enugu South, Nkanu East and Nkanu West to South Saharan Social Development Organisation (SSDO), Enugu.
SSDO is collaborating with relevant government agencies (Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Health etc.) and community stakeholders to reach 7843 beneficiaries.