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Household Economic Strengthening for HIV Outcomes

August 21, 2018

AIDS Care, a journal dedicated to the psychological and socio-medical aspects of HIV/AIDS, published a supplemental journal funded by the United States Agency for International Development and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. The supplemental journal was developed by the Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening (ASPIRES) project at FHI… View Article

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Retaining Adolescent Girls and Young Women in HIV Prevention Programming: A Review of Girls’ Clubs and Savings Groups in Mozambique

August 13, 2018

This report presents a description of the girls’ clubs and savings groups implemented by Project Força à Comunidade e Às Crianças (FCC; Child and Community Strengthening) of World Education International (WEI) and World Vision’s Strengthening Communities through Integrated Programming (SCIP) project. The two projects in Mozambique are implementing girls’ clubs and savings groups as part… View Article

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Tangible benefits to child well-being seen among households participating in savings and internal lending communities (SILC)

August 2, 2018

This brief shares data about the effect of savings groups — which CRS calls “SILC” (Savings and Internal Lending Communities) — on vulnerable households in Nigeria. Between August 2015 and September 2017, more than 1,100 SILC groups were formed within the CRS-led “SMILE” program for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The groups engaged nearly 25,000 members, including roughly… View Article

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Increasing Access and Adherence to the PMTCT Cascade: Is There a Role for Economic Strengthening Interventions?

July 10, 2018

Care and treatment for the prevention-of-mother-to-child-transmission (PMTCT) is widely available but underutilized; and while economic barriers to pregnant women living with HIV are documented, there is less known about whether economic strengthening interventions could improve PMTCT adherence. This literature review found few studies directly answering the question, but did find studies within the health care… View Article

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Evidence and Guidance for Family Strengthening to Help Families Stay Together

July 10, 2018

Poverty is often at the root of why children are placed in residential care facilities. The ASPIRES (Accelerating Strategies for Practical Innovation and Research in Economic Strengthening) project is looking at economic strengthening can both prevent family separation and also increase success when reintegrating children with families. This fact sheet describes two research projects that… View Article

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Do Orphans And Vulnerable Children Have A Future? A Critical Analysis of Community-Based Social Protection Systems in Kenya

June 14, 2018

Community based child social protection structures is one key intervention to address child protection issues. Based on a literature review of social protection structures in Kenya, this study finds a disconnect between the local and national child protection mechanisms. The study recommends that for community based child protection structures to be effective, a collaborative network and… View Article

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Empowering caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children in Swaziland

May 14, 2018

This paper reports on the health and psychosocial impacts of a program designed to economically empower female caregivers of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The results presented are from a cohort of 492 female caregivers who participated in savings groups and were responsible for 887 OVC. The data showed that the caregivers had increased earnings,… View Article

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HIV Information Training Manual for Adolescent Girls and Young Women

April 30, 2018

This manual was designed to be a very short information-only course to provide additional HIV facts when delivering other forms of life skills or social assets training. While not a full training, the nine short sessions provide the very basic facts about HIV, disclosure and living positively with HIV. The sessions were designed for use with… View Article

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HIV Information Training Manual

April 30, 2018

This manual was designed to be a very short information-only course to provide additional HIV facts when delivering other forms of life skills or social assets training. While not a full training, the nine short sessions provide the very basic facts about HIV, disclosure and living positively with HIV. The sessions were designed for use in… View Article

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Let’s Stop Trying to Quantify Household Vulnerability: The Problem With Simple Scales for Targeting and Evaluating Economic Strengthening Programs

April 20, 2018

Economic strengthening practitioners are increasingly seeking data collection tools that will help them target households vulnerable to HIV and poor child well-being outcomes, match households to appropriate interventions, monitor their status, and determine readiness for graduation from project support. This article discusses efforts in 3 countries to develop simple, valid tools to quantify and classify… View Article

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