In the PEPFAR context, the term OVC is defined as a child, 0-17 years old, who is either orphaned or made more vulnerable because of HIV/AIDS. Orphan: Has lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. Vulnerable: Is more vulnerable because of any or all of the following factors that result from HIV/AIDS: (a) Is HIV-positive; (b) Lives without adequate adult support (e.g., in a household with chronically ill parents, a household that has experienced a recent death from chronic illness, a household headed by a grandparent, and/or a household headed by a child); (c) Lives outside of family care (e.g., in residential care or on the streets); or (d) Is marginalized, stigmatized, or discriminated against. (PEPFAR OGAC 2006)
Children make up about 51% of Nigeria’s population (FMOWASD, 2008). About 2.39million children in Nigeria are orphaned due to an AIDS related death of one or both parents (FMOWASD, 2014).Anambra has 5.95.m children and poverty was identified as one of the major causes of their vulnerability(Dr. O.J. Ndibe, 2014).
AIM: SSDO partned with WEWE for WEWE-LOPIN project which seeks to improve the quality of life of 5670 vulnerable children in 1134 vulnerable households in 5 communities in Ayamelum LGA using Improvement Science methodology and national service standard in 9 months.
Objectives of the Project
Access to Education
Based on the National Service Standard tool, SSDO provides seven thematic service areas. They include:
- Nutrition and food security
- Psychosocial support
- Education and training
- Shelter and care
- Household economic strengthening
- Monthly Project management meetings
- Weekly review of performance
- Equipment procurement
- Courtesy/Advocacy visit to stakeholders
- Capacity building for staff and community personnel
- Identifying and Enrollment of 427 Vulnerable households.
- Enrollment of 1426 VC
- Service provision for VC and their HH
- Partnership with public and private sectors
Community Project structure established
- We have identified 15 community volunteers that works in 3 communities; Omor, Igbakwu and Ifiteogwari.
- We have established Community improvement Team (CIT) in the 3 communities.
SSDO also built the capacity of community volunteers and stakeholders on;
- Household identification and enrollment for Community volunteers
- Improvement Science and national standards for Community Improvement Teams (CIT) members.
- Child status Index (CSI) for community volunteers.
- Registration of birth with form B1
Through community outreaches, we partnered with Society for Family Health (SFH) ANSACA and Primary Health Centre to provide;
- Health Education to Caregivers,
- Health Education to Older vulnerable children
- Malaria test for Vulnerable Children
- HIV test for VC
Nutrition and food security
- We have provided Nutrition Education and counseling to Caregivers. The Officers in-charge of PHC in Omor and Igbakwu provided Nutritional Education to Caregivers.
We have formed 4 caregivers forum for caregivers enrolled in the project.
- Amikwe/Orenja Caregivers forum at Omor
- Akanator Caregivers forum at Omor
- Igbakwu Caregivers form
- And Ifiteogwari caregivers forum
- We partnered with National Population Commission (NPopC) to provide birth certificate for all the children enrolled without birth certificate.
- 15 communities trained to register form B1 of birth registration.
- Form B1 registration is going on now and we have started collection for actual issuance of birth certificate by NPopC.
Shelter and care
- We identified a defected house of vulnerable household. The CIT members of Omor are making plans to rehabilitate it for the widow.