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Fact Sheet | March 22, 2018

Referral Mechanisms for Children Orphaned or Made Vulnerable by HIV (OVC)

This informational brochure explains the different types of referral mechanisms within HIV programming for OVC. A referral is understood as the process of recognizing a risk or concern about a child or household, deciding that action needs to be taken, and providing information about or referring the client to the identified service.The timely referral of children to necessary services within and between different sectors (e.g., health, education, social services) is critical for effectively preventing and responding to the multiple vulnerabilities faced by children and families affected by HIV and other adversities. 

Coordinating Comprehensive Care for Children (4Children) is a five-year (2014-2019), USAID-funded project to improve health and well-being 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, Pact, Plan International USA, Maestral International, and Westat.