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USAID, Ministry of Women Affairs Commission ‘Situation Room’ To Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children

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USAID, Ministry of Women Affairs Commission ‘Situation Room’ To Support Orphans and Vulnerable Children

This new Situation Room is a collaboration that will help Nigeria prevent violence against women, enhance the resilience of vulnerable children and their caregivers.

ABUJA, Nigeria, November 30, 2021 / APO Group / –

On November 30, 2021, the mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Anne E. Patterson, joined the Federal Minister of Women‘s Affairs, Dame Pauline Tallen, to inaugurate a new National Chamber for the Situation of Orphans and Vulnerable Children (HVN) in the Ministry.

USAID works closely with the Ministry to provide multisectoral services (health, protection, economic strengthening of the home and education) for vulnerable children and their caregivers through the initiative of the Emergency Plan of the President of the United States for the Relief of AIDS (PEPFAR). Under the Data for Implementation (Data.FI) activity, USAID is strengthening the Ministry’s capacity to monitor and improve services through the development and implementation of effective data management systems.

“The mandate of the Ministry of Women’s Affairs – promoting equality and opportunity for women and protecting women and children from abuse and exploitation – also encompasses all USAID programming,” Ms. Patterson said at the launch. . “This new Situation Room is a collaboration that will help Nigeria prevent violence against women, improve the resilience of vulnerable children and their caregivers, and respond to the needs of survivors of violence.”

The new Situation Room will harmonize the reporting of the orphaned and vulnerable children program and optimize the National Child and Adolescent Management Information System and harness the power of data to help case managers respond in a timely manner. effective and provide the appropriate services to help these children affected by HIV in their families and communities.

USAID works closely with the Ministry to coordinate interventions for orphaned and vulnerable children within its broader mandate of child protection and empowerment of women, not only to mitigate the risks of HIV, but also to help caregivers to strengthen the economic resilience of their households.

Implemented by Palladium, Data.FI is among several USAID activities helping Nigeria provide essential health and social services to nearly 500,000 vulnerable children and their caregivers, including 13,000 children living with HIV.

Last year, more than 19,000 beneficiaries received USAID-supported GBV services from 7,500 government and private health service providers who provided advice on gender inclusion and prevention and response to gender-based violence.

“These efforts have led us to this historic moment of opening a repositioned OVC situation room where we can easily get real-time data,” said Minister Tallen. “This will undoubtedly improve the generation and management of data at the national, regional and international levels.”

Today’s event also served as an opportunity for Minister Tallen to present to USAID an award recognizing the Agency’s substantial investments in women and children in Nigeria over the past two decades, auspiciously timed to coincide with the annual commemoration of the 16 days against gender violence around the world.

“We are honored with this award,” said Patterson. “Our health care support, as well as livelihood training for caregivers through the Ministry of Women’s Affairs, will continue to ensure that the nutritional, educational and other needs of some of the most vulnerable Nigerians are met. . We look forward to further collaboration to protect children and promote equality for women. “

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