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Synergies for child protection systems and children affected by HIV and AIDS

Until recently, child protection efforts tended to respond with stand alone programmes for specific groups of vulnerable children, such as HIV-affected children. The move towards strengthening child protection systems offers an opportunity to situate child-focused HIV responses within a long-term, locally-owned and sustainable approach. A study, commissioned by the Inter-Agency Task Team on Children Affected by AIDS, seeks to better understand ways that child protection systems can respond to the needs of children living with and affected by HIV and also explore how the children and HIV sector can give greater attention to child protection issues.
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Spotlight on harmful cultural practices affecting children in Kenya

Chris Obiero, from the Key Correspondents Programme, shares about exciting efforts in Kenya to address cultural practices that potentially harm children, including excluding girls from eduction, early marriages, and child labour.
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Social Service Workforce Strengthening Webinar Series: Professionalizing the Social Service Workforce - the Role of Licensing (March 28th 8:30 - 10:30am EST)

This webinar will offer an opportunity to hear from two experts in this area who are leading national social work associations and councils. Participants will have the opportunity for discussion with the speakers as well as other participants through the webinar format.
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Addressing the Root Causes of HIV Infection in Girls: "Because I am a Girl" Campaign to Protect Girls' Rights

Because I am a Girl is a global initiative of Plan International that creates sustainable projects in developing countries to give girls access to the most basic of human rights: clean water, food, health care, education, financial security, and protection from violence and exploitation. We reach out to the most marginalized and vulnerable populations of girls around the world, working alongside them, equipping them with the tools and resources to achieve their hopes and dreams, and rigorously measuring our impact every step of the way.
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Online Discussion Forum "Girl Centered Programming: What are We Really Doing?" - Feb. 27-28

Join USAID's Interagency Youth Working Group, the Coalition for Adolescent Girls and the Youth Health and Rights Coalition for a provoking online discussion about the critical importance of a girl-centered approach to health and development.
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News for this week: Feb. 17 - 23, 2013

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CORE Group Spring Meeting April 23-26: Early Registration

Join more than 200 global health leaders from close to 100 different organizations for skill building, networking and program learning. The theme for this year's Spring Meeting is " Capacity Strengthening for Global Health: Partnerships, Accountability, Integration, Learning (PAIL) ."

Registration is also open for the CORE Group Spring Pre-Meeting Workshop 2013: Operations Research, taking place April 22. This half-day workshop will look at recent advances and future opportunities of undertaking Operations Research (OR) across a broad range of health programs and funding sources
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