172112 Serving Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Mozambique and Namibia: Partnerships to Strengthen Micro Credit and Health Education

Monday, October 27, 2008

Renslow D. Jr Sherer, MD , Project HOPE and University of Chicago, Millwood, VA
John Bronson , Project HOPE, Millwood, VA
Dionisio Matos , Project HOPE Mozambique, Maputo, Mozambique
Nelson Prada , Project HOPE Namibia, Windhoek, Namibia
Sandra Dalebout, MPH , Project HOPE, Millwood, VA

To describe partnerships and longitudinal outcomes of Project HOPE's five-year program combining health education, economic strengthening, and community partnerships for families caring for 75,000 OVC.


To provide comprehensive services, Project HOPE sought partners who could complement our health education and income generation activities with housing, education opportunities, health, and civil rights. Community volunteers were trained to provide nutrition education and psycho-social support. Project HOPE also provides micro-credit and training in OVC care and support to other organizations.


To date, 4,441 caregivers and 448 volunteers have been trained in OVC care and support, 25,071 OVC have been served, and 11,253 OVC have participated in the micro-credit loan program. Results of our baseline survey confirmed that OVC are lacking in basic needs that could be alleviated with increased income and linkages to existing services; one year follow up data in 124 households in Namibia will be presented.


The main impact of partnerships is the ability to better meet the needs of OVC in Mozambique and Namibia. Challenges remain, including assuring continued coverage of services and the logistical challenges of ensuring each child is served in all six domains. Early evidence of improvement in domains of housing quality, assets, health, and nutrition are encouraging. By strengthening the economic capacity of the women caring for OVC, teaching the knowledge and skills needed to care for OVC, and facilitating partnerships, Project HOPE is helping families cope in a sustainable manner by providing the means for families to help themselves.

Learning Objectives:
1. Cite two examples of the impact of poverty on orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) 2. Define the six domains of needs for OVC and their caregivers 3. Describe the impact of economic strengthening activities combined with health education and gaurdian training upon OVC and their families in Namibia

Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Adolescents, International

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have served as technical backstop and M&E director on this project
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.