Vulnerable Children and Families

After years of struggling with HIV and AIDS and other diseases, social conflicts, and poverty, many countries are home to increasing numbers of vulnerable children requiring care and support beyond what their families can provide.

Government, civil society groups, and the international donor community have attempted to fill gaps in care and support for millions of at-risk children. Standardizing the delivery of child and family welfare services is a first step toward achieving a systemic and sustained response to the needs of vulnerable children and families.

URC works with national, provincial, and district governments to develop and pilot community-level standards of care for vulnerable children at the point of service delivery. The standards cover services in education, health, food security, household economic strengthening, legal protection, shelter, and psychosocial support. By piloting and implementing these standards in countries such as Kenya and Malawi, URC has contributed to improved coordination of services for this target population.

Support for the most vulnerable cuts across all of our approaches. Through programs like Nutri-Salud in Guatemala, we are engaging communities to create active solutions to health care needs through social and behavior change communication and links to local government structures. In the African Sahel we are integrating issues such as gender to enhance the social and economic potential of women and youth by improving their health and nutrition.

Children in Tanzania listen in while community health workers talk to their parents about the importance of coming to clinic within 24 hours of onset of fever