Impact of Services for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Mozambique

Project Description

Mozambique, like many Sub-Saharan African countries, continues to face the challenge of supporting orphans and other vulnerable children (OVC) in the wake of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. There are various OVC interventions being implemented in Mozambique, but there are no systems in place to measure impacts of the OVC interventions over time, even though major investments continue to be made in this area.

To respond to this need, the Center for Global Health & Development and local collaborators are conducting a three-year cohort study to evaluate the effectiveness and impact of programs and interventions designed to improve the welfare of OVC. In addition, the research team will implement a targeted research and evaluation capacity-building program, covering both government and NGO personnel, based on identified need. The team will also review existing program assessment tools, with a view to developing tools most suitable for Mozambique.

The results of the study are expected to help the Mozambican government better understand the situation of households caring for OVC in terms of their needs, the services currently being provided, and whether these are making a real difference in the lives of OVC and their households. Results will also provide an idea of which programs have the greatest potential to produce maximum positive impact on households taking care of OVC. The project is also expected to build the research and evaluation capacity of the Mozambican OVC Program Officers by improving their skills through training and developing a comprehensive tool suited for use in monitoring OVC programs in Mozambique.

This project is one activity of the CGHD’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children—Comprehensive Action Research project (OVC-CARE).

Project Details

Principal Investigator Godfrey Biemba
Boston University Co-Investigators Candace Miller, Jonathon Simon
  • Balthazar Sales
  • Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
  • GSC Research Global Surveys, Maputo, Mozambique
  • Luis Reves
  • Nair Teles
Country(ies) Mozambique
Dates of Research 2009–2012