Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Military Populations in Zambia: A New Perspective on Vulnerability
|Anita Datar Garten and Yvonne Mulenga of HPI, TO1; PEPFAR|
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The military environment poses numerous challenges for children. Active duty service members are often stationed far from their homes, resulting in family isolation and lack of extended family support. In some instances, military children are viewed as outsiders; therefore, they receive little support from surrounding communities. Identifying vulnerable military children, understanding their needs, and providing them with targeted services are challenges further complicated by experiences associated with gaining access to military bases. To explore these unique barriers for military children, USAID and the U.S. DOD commissioned the USAID l Health Policy Initiative, Task Order 1, to assess the USAID-funded Military OVC Project led by Project Concern International (PCI) in Zambia and document the experiences of this underserved, highly vulnerable population. The Military OVC Project provides services in various areas, including education, recreation, psychosocial support, food and nutrition, and training for teachers and guidance counselors.
This report presents first generation findings from semi-structured qualitative interviews and focus group discussions with a range of OVC stakeholders, as well as recipients of services, including orphans and vulnerable children (ages 16 and 17) and their caregivers.
|Document Type:||Technical Reports: Global|
|No. of Pages:||62|
|Keywords:||HIV/AIDS, OVC, Unmet Need, Strategic Planning|