This document describes projects that aim at combine HIV/AIDS prevention with care and support for affected children and their families. This report, which updates the first and second editions (published October 2001 and July 2002 respectively), presents projects profiles for 83 country specific and 16 regional or global projects currently funded by USAID. The profiles have a common format and provide USAID funding periods and amounts, projects, objectives, strategies, key accomplishments, priority activities for the year ahead, and materials and tools available to other projects that can help meet the needs of children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS. This report also includes a section on USAID projects that support access to education in Africa, including projects that provide support to ministries of education. The final section describes previously funded projects that illustrate USAID's historic commitment to meeting the needs of children and youth affected by HIV/AIDS. By documenting these activities USAID hopes to promote an exchange of ideas and information that facilitates learning by providers and organizations about what works and does not; leverages technical and financial resources; and encourages partnerships, collaboration, and coordination among programs supported by USAID, its partners and others. The projects share the common goal of providing ongoing support to orphans and vulnerable children in AIDS-affected areas, but they vary widely in approach and scale. The majority of country-specific projects profiled in this report reflect this need for multifaceted and multisectoral action by including at least five of the following activities : providing support to community-based organizations; providing psychosocial support to HIV/AIDS- affected children and families; providing educational assistance, such as payment of school-related expenses, support for community schools, and distance education programs; providing food security or nutritional supplements for people affected by HIV; strengthening the economic status of households and communities through income-generating activities, skills training, and micro-finance; providing access to health care or direct health services; advocating for increased awareness, policy reform and stigma reduction; conducting HIV/AIDS prevention activities.
United States Agency for International Development, USAID
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