Haiti: Integrating OVC and Other Services (April 2007)

In Fond des Negres, Haiti, the Bethel Clinic supports a wide range of interventions in children's health and protection, including comprehensive services for orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs). With support from PEPFAR, Bethel Clinic staff and a PEPFAR partner organization have established a successful community-based model for HIV/AIDS treatment and care. The project integrates OVC support services with an antiretroviral treatment program.

In addition to treatment services, OVCs enrolled at the clinic benefit from a wide variety of support activities. Services include support for professional and vocational training fees, and training in subjects such as HIV/AIDS prevention and care, living positively with HIV/AIDS, civic education, health, and hygiene and nutrition.

The Emergency Plan has linked these activities to USAID Food for Peace/Title II support, which provides clients with food rations. At the same time, the program staff works to develop sustainable food sources by actively supporting OVC efforts to develop community gardens. These gardens serve as both a food source and a source of income. Bethel Clinic's integrated program is serving as a model for future projects in Haiti and beyond.

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