On April 12th, the DCM joined the Minister of Children, Women, and Families in Tiassale, to celebrate the inauguration of 3 social centers rehabilitated with PEPFAR support.
An important objective of the PEPFAR program is to improve the lives of people affected by HIV and AIDS, particularly those who are most vulnerable.
Through a Cooperative Agreement with CDC, PEPFAR provides approximately $1.5 million each year to the National Orphans and Vulnerable Children Program (PNOEV) to support government efforts to respond to the needs of children and their families affected by HIV/AIDS.
Social centers are at the core of the strategy, since they are responsible for protecting vulnerable children, women, and families in a given community, and serve as the hub of the “Orphans and Vulnerable Children Platform”, which coordinates local NGOs, health and social workers, lawyers, and other service providers. Since PEPFAR began in 2004, the program has rehabilitated (4) and equipped (31) social centers around the country.
This inauguration ceremony highlighted the most recent projects completed in Tiassale, Bouake and Korhogo:
Tiassalé : $76,000 in repairs from PEPFAR)
(Building donated by the Mayor of Tiassalé)
Bouake : $30,000 in repairs (PEPFAR)
Korhogo : Rehabilitation of the outside wall for $32,000 (PEPFAR)
PEPFAR’s biggest contribution to social centers is Technical Assistance through more than 15 implementing partners. All told, PEPFAR partners are currently providing care and support to more than 100,000 OVC a year! This includes medical, nutritional, educational, psycho-social, legal and shelter support.