The weekly digest provides a snapshot of news and resources on orphans and other vulnerable children featured on other sites in the previous week but not on this site. In this first edition, I am including highlights from the previous week as well as information about other relevant issues that had been featured this year.
Helping Families Maintain Healthy Lives
, April 2009)
More than 65,000 Nepalese women and their newborn babies are set to benefit from a new delivery of HIV testing and treatment supplies secured through Family Health International (FHI). The initiative will enable pregnant women to test for HIV before giving birth. In case of an HIV positive test, the pregnant mother can reduce the chances of passing on the virus to her baby through prevention of mother to child transmission
(PMTCT). Testing may be limited in countries with difficult terrain such as Nepal
where most communities are hard to reach due to high costs involved traveling long distances to reach health care centres. This is good news to most poor women living in such hard to reach areas.
A Gift of Bicycles for Caregivers Who Support Malawiâ€™s Most Vulnerable Children
, March 2009)
It doesnâ€™t require huge amounts of money to help communities supporting and offering protection to orphans and other vulnerable children. Through a donation of bicycles, Family Health International
(FHI) is enabling caregivers in Salima village, Malawi
to provide comprehensive care and support services to children affected by HIV/AIDS.
Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography
This handbook produced by UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre
(IRC) aims to promote understanding and effective implementation of the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography (OPSC). It is addressed principally to public officials and others who work with and for children, and whose duties and activities can help to enhance the protection of children from exploitation, whether on the national or local level.
Experiencing Vulnerability in Southern Africa
This brief by the International Food Policy Research Institute
(IFPRI) outlines the major findings of a research study conducted to find out how parents and other caregivers are planning and acting to secure their childrenâ€™s future. The results indicate that vulnerable people are aware of the threats to their welfare and that they have limited options to sustain their families and livelihoods, let alone provide their children with the means to achieve a stable existence.