Ethiopia’s Yekokeb Berhan Program for Highly Vulnerable Children is a five-year program funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) that is designed to improve child-wellbeing by ensuring that highly vulnerable children and their families can increase their knowledge, skills, self-reliance and access to appropriate, quality-driven services that will, in turn, lead to healthier, more productive and more fulfilling lives.
The program is implemented by Pact, in partnership with UNICEF, Child Fund, FHI360, 40 local implementing partners and the government of Ethiopia (primarily the Ministry of Women, Children and Youth Affairs) in all nine regional states and two city administrations. Trained, incentivized volunteers individually assess over 500,000 children annually through application of the program’s Child Support Index. Care plans and interventions follow, all of which are monitored for quality-assurance and documented on the program’s national database.
The Child Support Index in Ethiopia builds on the original Child Status Index and several other adaptations. It is designed to:
By contrast to the original Child Status Index and other assessment tools, the Child Support Index of Yekokeb Berhan is unique in several ways:
The two-page CSI score-sheet also contains a question under each indicator that asks, “Care Action Planned?” which trained volunteers fill out for all low-scores (one dot or two). There is a separate code sheet that lists the interventions that can be recommended. The code sheet should also be referenced when monthly reports are completed to record what interventions actually occurred since the last report was submitted. In this way, change can be measured over time, and new planning undertaken for the future. The website OVCtools.net contains the CSI tool, training manual and coding sheet.
For more information, contact:
Lucy Y. Steinitz, Ph.D. – Senior Technical Advisor
Yekokeb Berhan Program/Pact for Highly Vulnerable Children
P.O. box 13180 – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Phone: +251 911 88 23 17 Website: www.pactworld.org
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