Philip Laubner/CRS

OVCsupport.org’s mission is to improve the lives of orphans and vulnerable children through connecting the global community and providing the most up-to-date information on HIV and other adversities.

OVCsupport.org was developed in 2004 by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance (UK) with support from USAID. The site began as a resource database, but as interest in the site increased, stakeholders recognized the potential to increase the scope of the site and expanded it to include updated technical content, news and events. Management Sciences for Health (MSH) assumed management of the site in 2010 through the AIDSTAR-Two project and added an Editorial Board to provide guidance for the site from experts in the field.  In 2014, the site transitioned to the Leadership, Management and Governance (LMG) project led by MSH.

In April 2015, management of OVCsupport.org was transferred to the Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) project under Catholic Relief Services (CRS).  Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) is a five-year (2014-2019), USAID-funded project to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) affected by HIV and AIDS and other adversities.  The project aims to assist OVC by building technical and organizational capacity, strengthening essential components of the social service system, and improving linkages with health and other sectors. The project is implemented through a consortium led by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) with partners IntraHealth International, Maestral International, Pact, Plan International USA, and Westat.


CRS addresses the needs of vulnerable children through projects in more than 30 countries. Strengthening systems, organizations, communities and families, CRS interventions target children facing vulnerabilities including poverty, disability, HIV, living outside family care, child labor and conflict. The agency helps these children become healthy and productive members of society through evidence-based, child-centered, family-focused, community-owned, and government-supported programs. As a multi-sectoral organization, CRS interventions include education, food and nutrition, psychosocial support, protection, health, shelter and economic strengthening. In addition, CRS has integrated its savings and internal lending communities (SILC) methodology in nearly all OVC programs, increasing the ability of families to meet their basic needs.


IntraHealth empowers health and social workers globally to provide local solutions by improving worker performance, strengthening systems, harnessing technology and leveraging partnerships. Key IntraHealth approaches include assisting countries to improve health and social service workforce policies and planning; implementing an OPQ process to analyze performance of health and social service workers, organizations and systems, and setting up interventions to improve performance and quality or build on strengths and successes; making health and social worker education and training programs efficient and effective; promoting policies and practices to increase health and social service worker retention and improve their productivity. IntraHealth has applied its experience in HRH strengthening to contribute to stronger, more effective social service workforce systems that improve the lives of vulnerable children and families.


Maestral is a team of leading global experts supporting development, strengthening and coordination of child protection and social welfare systems that meet the needs of children in adversity. Maestral facilitates cross-cutting, comprehensive approaches to child protection and social services that are community-based, nationally owned, sustainable and accountable. Maestral’s team of experts has extensive experience working with governments and other stakeholders to develop systems to promote child wellbeing and support effective services. Maestral works with stakeholders to identify priorities, establish plans and leverage national and community assets.


For more than 40 years, Pact has been a leader in enabling systemic solutions that allow the poor and marginalized to earn a dignified living, be healthy and take part in the benefits that nature provides.  Pact strengthens local capacity, forges effective governance systems and supports organizational development to improve and sustain district- and national- level services. Pact’s OVC programs include food/nutrition, shelter and care, protection, health care, psychosocial support, education and economic strengthening. In Ethiopia, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Thailand, Pact’s OVC programs serve more than 965,000 children in partnership with more than 145 CSOs and host country governments. Through its globally recognized capacity building methodology, Pact empowers communities, CSOs and service providers to provide comprehensive support and protection to OVC for an effective, sustainable, home-grown response. In addition, Pact works with governments to develop national quality standards and implement OVC plans.


Plan  reaches  84  million  children  in  50  countries  in  Africa,  Asia  and  Latin  America,  working  with communities to develop customized solutions and ensure long-term sustainability. At the core of Plan’s programming is the Child-Centered Community Development approach, which promotes people’s rights in an inclusive, participatory manner and affirms the accountability of duty-bearers, including Plan. This approach places children and youth at the center of Plan’s work in protection, with children and their communities engaged as active agents of change. Plan’s dedication to long-term relationships with communities, commitment to local staff and strong CSO and NGO networks enable close relationships with local and national governments and help bring citizens closer to their governments. In addition, Plan has ensured birth registration for over 40 million people in 32 countries and is a leader in global efforts to promote CRVS systems, including through mobile technology.


Westat is recognized as one of the foremost research and statistical survey organizations in the U.S. Internationally, Westat conducts health research and evaluations for diseases such as HIV, providing TA and capacity building to improve statistical capabilities and data quality. Specific strengths include: providing a range of M&E services, from evaluation studies to study design, capability assessments, database development, and data collection and processing; and developing innovative information systems to facilitate data collection and analysis, emphasizing technological accessibility, user-friendly interfaces, comprehensive testing and certification, and ongoing user support and training.

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