The project will recruit, train and deploy 50 Case Managers to 1,000 HIV-impacted orphaned children in Ethiopia at a ratio of 20 orphans or 10 caregivers per Case Manager. The Case Managers will be responsible for ensuring and facilitating access to high quality services for improving HIV/AIDS care, health, nutrition, economic security, education, protection, and psycho social well-being among orphaned children and their caregivers.
More than 3500 children in Wachale district, Ethiopia are vulnerable to various types of physiological, psychological, legal and social problems. Out of this figure, the project targets 1000 HIV-impacted orphaned children from key populations such as HIV+ children, HIV exposed children, children with HIV+ caregivers, children of female sex workers, street children, adolescent girls and children at a high risk of HIV infection who are not getting a comprehensive package of care and treatment.
The project will train and deploy 50 voluntary community level Case Managers who conduct child growth monitoring, care and support for 1000 orphaned children. They will work with government offices, non-governmental structures, civil society, community structures and private sectors to facilitate and strengthen linkages, treatments, care, support and referrals for orphaned children and their caregivers on sustainable manner until the children reach 18 years of age.
The project log-term effects are: 1) Access to individualized and well-coordinated care improved for 1000 orphaned children and their households through child-focused, family-centered, and strengths-based case management; and 2) About 500 parents and caregivers of orphaned children have the capacity to access high quality developmentally appropriate services.