This report presents the results of the analysis of the orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) Policy and Planning Effort Index (OPPEI) in sub-Saharan Africa and reviews progress made in effort since 2004. The OVC Policy and Planning Effort Index (OPPEI) was developed by UNICEF, USAID and the Futures Group to measure the response by countries in Sub-Saharan Africa to the crisis facing orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) as a result of the HIV and AIDS epidemic. The Index is a core composite indicator in the Guide to monitoring and evaluating the national response to orphans and vulnerable children (UNICEF 2005). It is one of 10 core indicators recommended to countries by UNAIDS to monitor the implementation of their national response for OVC (UNICEF, 2005). Specifically, the index assesses how countries are progressing with the implementation of eight components that are required to create an enabling environment for an appropriate scaled up response at country level. These eight components of the response are national situation analysis of OVC; consultative processes; coordinating mechanisms; national action plans; policy; legislative review; monitoring and evaluation and resources.
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