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Case Studies | March 22, 2018

Working in Partnership to Improve Children’s Safety and Well-Being: The May’khethele Programme in South Africa

Case study on strengthening referral systems for children orphaned or made vulnerable by HIV (OVC)

This case study is one in a series that highlights different aspects of a case management system and referral mechanisms utilized by OVC programs. The studies aim to provide useful information that can inform the work of policymakers and practitioners engaged in programs serving vulnerable children and families. In particular, the case studies on referral mechanisms are targeted to government, especially Ministries of Health and Social Welfare, and OVC implementing partners to highlight ways of improving referrals among and between sectors, especially between the health and social service sectors. 

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.