URC Participates in Second Regional Psychosocial Support Forum

URC is participating in the second Regional Psychosocial Support Forum from October 29-31 in Nairobi, Kenya. The Regional Psychosocial Support Initiative (REPSSI) and the African Network for the Prevention and Protection against Child Abuse and Neglect (ANPPCAN) are co-hosting the forum, which has a theme of "Mainstreaming Psychosocial Support in Child Protection: Linking Evidence and Practice."

The forum provides an opportunity to share our vulnerable children work with leading child protection stakeholders, including government officials; international, regional, and community partners; researchers; and civil society. Below is a list of our activities.

See the full program, watch the live webcasts, and join the conversation on Twitter @urcchs and @REPSSI using #PSS and #ChildProtection.

Opening Session

Tuesday, October 29, 9:00-10:15am

Roselyn Were, URC's Senior Technical Advisor in Kenya, will give remarks, along with representatives from REPSSI, ANPPCAN, the East African Community, UNICEF East and Southern Africa, the Kenyan Children's Assembly, and the Kenyan Government.

Skills Building Session 2: Improvement Approaches

Wednesday, October 30, 10:30am-12:30pm

Chair: Dr. Constance Kganakga, Chief Director, Dept. of Social Development, South Africa


  • Roselyn Were
  • Stanley Masamo, Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Quality Improvement (QI) Advisor, URC, Kenya
  • Luisa Fumo, OVC QI Advisor, URC, Mozambique
  • Malinda Wheeler, Hope Worldwide Kenya, member of the Government-led QI Technical Working Group

Skills Building Session 3: Understanding Standards and Guidelines

Wednesday, October 30, 2:30-5:00pm

Chair: Dr. Lewis Ndhlovu, Managing Director, MASAZI Development Associates, South Africa


  • Clare Feinstein, Save the Children, Africa Representative for the Child Protection Initiative
  • Severine Chevrel, Senior Coordinator, Better Care Network
  • Diana Chamrad, Senior Quality Improvement Advisor, URC, USA
  • Gina Sitoe, OVC and HIV Coordinator, Save the Children/Mozambique
  • Manasa Dzirikure, Regional Program Advisor for Vulnerable Children and Youth, Southern African Development Community

Skills Building Session 4: Knowledge Management

Wednesday, October 30, 2:30-5:00pm

Chair: Levina Kikoyo, Associate Director, FHI360, Tanzania


  • Katherine Fatta, QI Specialist for Knowledge Management & Communication, URC, USA
  • Esther Kahinga, Knowledge Management and Communications Officer, URC, Kenya

Special Session 2: Kenya's Experience Developing PSS Guidelines

Wednesday, October 30, 4:00-5:00pm

Chair: Malinda Wheeler


  • Stanley Masamo
  • Mary Mbuga, Deputy Director, Children Services; Coordinator, OVC Secretariat, Kenya
  • Lynette Mudekunye, REPSSI

Special Session 3: Partnerships on Community Child Protection

Thursday, October 31, 10:30-11:30am

Chair: Lehlohonolo Chabeli, REPSSI


  • James Kaboggoza, Ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development, Uganda
  • Jeanne Ndyetabura, Assistant Commissioner for Social Welfare, Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Tanzania
  • Peter Massesa, Country Director, REPSSI, Tanzania
  • Cornel Ogutu, ANPPCAN, Kenya


URC's Collaboration with REPSSI and ANPPCAN

In July 2013, URC embarked on a new collaboration with REPSSI and ANPPCAN to support children and families affected by HIV and AIDS in Kenya, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Uganda.

REPSSI, headquartered in South Africa, works to lessen the impact of poverty, conflict, HIV, and AIDS on children by helping them get the social and emotional support they need. ANPPCAN, headquartered in Kenya, works to prevent all forms of child maltreatment and to protect children when it occurs, ensuring their rights are realized. Together, they have developed a collaborative work plan to reach their goal of strengthening child protection systems in East and Southern Africa.

Through the USAID Health Care Improvement Project, URC is supporting this goal by providing technical assistance in a number of ways, including conducting trainings on effective qualitative research and monitoring and evaluation techniques.

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