Heart-to_heart: community-based care options for children living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in Hanoi

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The project was implemented from March 2008 to September 2011, focusing on building the community’s and families’ in providing care and support for the orphan and vulnerable children.

ProjectBackground

The
project was implemented from March 2008 to September 2011, focusing on building
the community’s and families’ in providing care and support for the orphan and
vulnerable children. Its interventions were developed based on three key
components: 1) Reducing the  family’s burden of care for OVC with their
attendance at the Day Center-based activities, 2) Building capacity of the
family in caring for the children, and 3) Increasing the social support for
OVC, their family and adapt the alternative care model. Its success lied in the
harmonization of different factors including needs assessment, intervention
design, partnership, monitoring and technical support, sharing information with
the local agencies and authorities, and program quality improvement. It focused
on building linkage with existing service providers and mobilised active
engagement from relevant stakeholders. The project was funded by PEPFAR through
USAID.

Project
Goal and Objectives

The
overall goal of this project is to develop and implement community-based care
services in order to enhance family/community ability to care for OVC and
improve OVC quality of life and prevent the abandonment of OVC. Specific
objectives of the project include:

  • To implement support services
    to lower the child care burden of families caring for OVC;
  • To build the capacity of and
    support families with OVC to provide quality care to OVC to help ensure
    OVC continue to be cared for in family settings;
  • To increase provision of
    government social support for OVC and their families and/or adoption of
    effective, alternative care models.

Highlights
of Activities and Achievements

  • Conducted a need assessment to
    identify unmet needs of OVC and the capacity gaps of OVC and their care
    gviers.
  • Built capacity of care workers
    who provided case management and comprehensive support to 196 OVC. Service
    package included physical, nutrition, psycho-social and education
    support. 
  • Built capacity and resilience
    for OVC through child-focused events and life-skill training series with a
    focus on living values, coping skills, and self-protection. As a result,
    children become more active, opened and confident. They knew how to uphold
    their strength and learned how to show their compassion to friends and
    families.
  • Series of topic talks were
    designed and implemented to build capacity of care givers on child care.
    In total, 10 topic talks were held at the Heart to Heart club with
    participation of 198 family caregivers. The topics of these talks were
    about OVC psychological features, nutrition care, injury prevention,
    seasonal disease prevention, etc.

“The
lesson on child’s psychology by Mrs. Hoa was very useful for me. I understood
more about my children. I could learn a lot of experience for my family. I
myself recognized that I have to change the way of upbringing my children for
example being more patient, less hot-tempered. Sincerely thanks to Mrs. Hoa and
the club, I wish there could be more and more useful topic talks like this.”
A grandmother of an OVC            

  • Increased OVC’s access to
    existing service through mapping of existing services for OVC in project
    sites and worked closely with these service providers for efficient
    referral. For example: 76 OVC were referred successfully to MdM-supported
    clinic for examination and treatment in 2010. 196 OVC were screened for
    psycho-social difficulties and referred to OSEDC-supported Rainbow clinics
    for psychological assessment and early treatment.
  • Advocated for community
    involvement (local authorities, mass organizations, agencies and
    individuals) in responding to the needs of OVC.The project receivedstrong
    collaboration and support and involvement of the leaders of different
    organizations.

 

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