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Orphans and Vulnerable Children Forum Presentations

The CRS Orphans and Vulnerable Children Forum took place June 25-26, 2008. Nearly 150 people attended, including practitioners, activists, policy makers, donors and former OVC beneficiaries. We are pleased to have facilitated two days of lively discussion and exchange of ideas.

All the conference presentations are available below. You can download a video of each presentation, along with the slides that were used. The slides are in PDF format; to view them you'll need to have the Acrobat Reader software installed on your computer. The Videos are in MPEG format; to view them, open them from within a video player application such as QuickTime or Windows Media Player.

Global and Historical Perspectives on Orphans and Vulnerable Children

Presented by Jimmy Kolker, HIV and AIDS Section Chief, UNICEF; John Williamson, Senior Technical Advisor, Displaced Children and Orphans Fund for USAID; and Gretchen Bachman, Senior Technical Advisor for OVC, USAID

Mr. Kolker's presentation
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Mr. Williamson's presentation
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Ms. Bachman's presentation
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Harnessing Faith-Based Communities to Support Children

Presented by Carl Stecker, CRS Baltimore
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President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) OVC Project

Moderated by Beverly Nyberg, Senior Technical Advisor for OVC, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Moving from Evaluation to Action Presented by Dorothy Brewster-Lee, CRS Tanzania
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OVC PEPFAR on the Ground: Successes and Challenges Presented by Hemmed Lukonge, CRS Tanzania
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Integrating OVC Services into HIV Treatment Programs Presented by Mychelle Farmer, CRS Baltimore
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Promising Practices for Child Involvement

Moderated by Jim Ricca, Capacity Development and Tuberculosis Control Advisor, Child Survival Technical Support Project

Involving Children in Decision-Making, Project Design, Implementation and Monitoring Presented by Shepherd Mupfumi, CRS Zimbabwe
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Do No Harm Implementation Strategy for OVC Programs Presented by Daphyne Williams, CRS Baltimore
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Determining OVC Good Practices in Southern Africa

Presented by Linda Lovick, CRS Southern Africa Regional Office
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Perspectives From a Former OVC Project Participant

Presented by Ikhetheleng Letima, Lesotho
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Livelihoods and Food Security

Moderated by Kendra Blackett-Dibinga, Senior Specialist for HIV and AIDS, Save the Children

Junior Farmer Field Schools: Participatory Learning Presented by Shepherd Mupfumi, CRS Zimbabwe
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Reinforcing an Indigenous Savings and Loans System in Cameroon Presented by Kenneth Muko, CRS Cameroon
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Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC) and OVC — Building Self-Reliance Presented by Guy Vanmeenen, CRS Kenya; Timon Mainga, CRS Kenya; and Hemmed Lukonge, CRS Tanzania
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Reaching Out to Children Living With HIV: Challenges and Successes

Moderated by Vicki Tepper, Director, Pediatric AIDS Program, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Obstacles to Care for Children Living With HIV Presented by Carmela Abate, CRS AIDSRelief
ART and Children: Is it Working? A Case Study from Nigeria Presented by David Bowman, University of Maryland School of Medicine
Children and Adolescents Living With HIV Presented by Carmela Abate, CRS AIDSRelief
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Motivational Assessment to Predict OVC Volunteer Retention

Presented by Kenneth Muko, CRS Cameroon
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Education and Skills for a Better Future

Moderated by Brad Strickland, American Institute for Research

Supporting OVC in South Africa Through Drop-in Centers, Vocational Skills Training and Formal Education Presented by Ronita Mahilall, CRS South Africa
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Mountain Orphan and Vulnerable Children Empowerment (MOVE) in Lesotho Presented by Mamoletsane Khati and Nots'i Marabe, CRS Lesotho
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Increasing Opportunities Through Education and Vocational Training in Uganda Presented by Natalia Conesta, CRS Uganda
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OVC in Low Prevalence Settings

Moderated by Susan Hahn, Senior Technical Advisor for Monitoring and Evaluation, CRS Baltimore

A Network for OVC in Vietnam: Creating a Safety Net for Children With Comprehensive Services Presented by Jennifer Overton, CRS Baltimore
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Simple on Paper, Complex in Practice: The Maryknoll PMTCT Program Presented by Natalie Kruse-Levy, CRS Southeast Asia Regional Office
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Child Protection, Trafficking and Emergencies

CRS, Protection and Children in Emergencies Presented by Patrick Johns, CRS Baltimore
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CRS Experiences With Counter-Trafficking Initiatives Presented by Mary DeLorey, CRS Baltimore
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Making a Difference: Documenting Results

Moderated by Beverly Nyberg, Senior Technical Advisor for OVC, Office of the U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator

Child Status Index: How are the Children Doing? Presented by Karen O'Donnell, Duke University Medical Center
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The Wellbeing of OVC: Results from a 5-Country Evaluation Presented by Ms. Shannon Senefeld, CRS Baltimore
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Station Days in Zimbabwe Presented by Joyce Tamuka Chitemere, CRS Zimbabwe
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Perspectives From a Former OVC Project Participant

Presented by Erick Omondi Okoth, Kenya
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Presented by Kahigwa Doreen Arinaitwe, Uganda
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