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Nicole Richardson April 28, 2010 Developing an Essential Package for Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
Overview <ul><li>History of Initiative  </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives and the evolution of the Essential Package </li></ul>...
Background <ul><li>This Initiative is being funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>It is a two year g...
What do we mean when discussing ECD for OVC programming? <ul><ul><li>Child has adequate supports and stimulation to facili...
What do we mean when discussing ECD for OVC programming cont’d <ul><ul><li>The inclusion of  “Care and Development”  as a ...
How do we understand the needs of OVC? <ul><li>Most OVC programs focus on the needs of children 0 to 18 with emphasis on p...
Understanding needs, cont’d <ul><li>There have been some positive changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy done on the need ...
Initiative will seek to improve the overall quality of OVC programming by: <ul><ul><li>Placing emphasis on the need of you...
<ul><ul><li>Rationale for mainstreaming ECD into HIV/AIDS programming;  </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age-appropriate  qualit...
Part 1: Rationale <ul><ul><li>Reasons for mainstreaming early childhood development (ECD) into HIV/AIDS programming </li><...
Part 2: Age-Appropriate Quality Standards for OVC <ul><ul><li>Will be across service areas ( health, food & nutrition, car...
Part 2: Age-Appropriate Quality Standards for OVC Cont’d <ul><ul><li>Will be age appropriate: prenatal; 0-2; 3-5; 6-8 </li...
Other Vulnerabilities  Cross Service Linkages Gender Considerations HIV+ Specific Recommendations 6-8 3-5 0-2 Pregnancy Es...
Part 3: Tool Kits <ul><ul><li>Tool Kit for Program Managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring tools </li></ul>...
Value Added of this Initiative <ul><ul><li>Working across disciplines (HIV and ECD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An ages and...
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Developing an Essential Package for Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

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Developing an Essential Package for Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

Nicole Richardson, Save the Children

CORE Spring Meeting, April 28, 2010

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Developing an Essential Package for Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS

  1. 1. Nicole Richardson April 28, 2010 Developing an Essential Package for Young Children Affected by HIV/AIDS
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>History of Initiative </li></ul><ul><li>Objectives and the evolution of the Essential Package </li></ul><ul><li>Draft Framework </li></ul>
  3. 3. Background <ul><li>This Initiative is being funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation </li></ul><ul><li>It is a two year grant and is a collaborative project with Save the Children, CARE International, and the Consultative Group on ECCD </li></ul><ul><li>The project will inform an ages and stages approach to programming for young children affected by HIV/AIDS </li></ul><ul><li>Standards will be HIV sensitive but not HIV exclusive </li></ul>
  4. 4. What do we mean when discussing ECD for OVC programming? <ul><ul><li>Child has adequate supports and stimulation to facilitate optimal development across all domains (social/emotional, cognitive, language, motor) and is prepared at school entry </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Primary caregiver(s) has adequate supports to ensure she/he has the capacity and skills to provide the necessary care and stimulation for the child’s development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>ECD will be mainstreamed into HIV/AIDS programming </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. What do we mean when discussing ECD for OVC programming cont’d <ul><ul><li>The inclusion of “Care and Development” as a service component </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gender must take a prominent role in any OVC/ECD programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Economic strengthening and rights are the foundation for a healthy family and community </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age groups will be broken down: Prenatal; 0-2; 3-5; 6-8 </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. How do we understand the needs of OVC? <ul><li>Most OVC programs focus on the needs of children 0 to 18 with emphasis on primary school aged children </li></ul><ul><li>Less focus on young children and adolescence, even though their needs are great </li></ul><ul><li>Broad agreement that there has been a lack of attention to ECD for OVC programming </li></ul>
  7. 7. Understanding needs, cont’d <ul><li>There have been some positive changes </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy done on the need for standards to ensure programs are reaching children in ways that improve overall wellbeing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NGO community has also advocated for the recognition of ECD in PEPFAR OVC programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Now have a set of standards for programs, however, they do not address the age-specific needs of OVC in a comprehensive fashion </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Initiative will seek to improve the overall quality of OVC programming by: <ul><ul><li>Placing emphasis on the need of young children (prenatal to 8) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Highlighting the needs of caregivers of young children especially in the prenatal period </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Develop standards of care related to healthy child development for programmers, volunteers, and caregivers while building off existing OVC quality standards and tools to measure wellbeing </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><ul><li>Rationale for mainstreaming ECD into HIV/AIDS programming; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Age-appropriate quality standards for young OVC; and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tool Kits to support standards </li></ul></ul>Components of the Essential Package
  10. 10. Part 1: Rationale <ul><ul><li>Reasons for mainstreaming early childhood development (ECD) into HIV/AIDS programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will build off of literature and program reviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intended Users : program managers, policy advocates, trained service delivery professionals </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Part 2: Age-Appropriate Quality Standards for OVC <ul><ul><li>Will be across service areas ( health, food & nutrition, care & development, rights/protection, and household economic strengthening and family centered care ) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on children and caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special consideration to gender and vulnerabilities </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. Part 2: Age-Appropriate Quality Standards for OVC Cont’d <ul><ul><li>Will be age appropriate: prenatal; 0-2; 3-5; 6-8 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Will include Essential Actions at the community, caregiver and child level as well as Specific Recommendations per age group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intended Users : program managers, policy makers </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Other Vulnerabilities Cross Service Linkages Gender Considerations HIV+ Specific Recommendations 6-8 3-5 0-2 Pregnancy Essential Actions: Children Essential Actions: Caregiver Essential Actions: Community Desired Outcomes: Principles: Definition: Care and Development
  14. 14. Part 3: Tool Kits <ul><ul><li>Tool Kit for Program Managers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring tools </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tool Kit for Service Providers/Volunteers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Monitoring tools and job aids </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tool Kit for Parents/Caregivers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Care Guides </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Value Added of this Initiative <ul><ul><li>Working across disciplines (HIV and ECD) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>An ages and stages approach to OVC programming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on HIV infected child and caregiver and their specific needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cross service linkages to provide holistic care </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Thank You!

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