African Journal of AIDS and HIV Research

African Journal of AIDS and HIV Research ISSN 2326-2691 Vol. 8 (5), pp. 001-008, May, 2020. © International Scholars Journals

Full Length Research Paper

Addressing the special needs of orphans and vulnerable children (OVCs): A case study in Kien Svay district, Kandal province, Cambodia

Sok Serey1*, Dy Many2, Meas Sopheak3, Thau Sokkalyan3, Sam Ath Sela3, Ly Chanravuth4 and Kheng Sophal3

1Royal University of Phnom Penh (RUPP), Cambodia.

2ActionAid-Cambodia, Cambodia.

3Positive Women of Hope Organization (PWHO), Cambodia.

4National AID Authority (NAA), Cambodia.

Accepted 12 January, 2020

Abstract

The impact mitigation for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) has continued to be prioritized as an immediate measure and action which is clearly stated in a newly-launched comprehensive National Strategic Plan III (2011 - 2015). With an effort of the national response, OVCs have gained wider access to health services but only very little access to social supports such as educational and economic development. In a detailed study of HIV impacts and responses to OVCs in Kien Svay district of Kandal province, Cambodia, it was found that educational and economic development is the only way out to breaking a poverty cycle of OVCs and of their families. Since the educational and economic development support needs high and long-term investment, the government plays a very important role in coordinating and launching a nation-wide scheme with the insurance of sufficient funding.

Key words: Orphans, vulnerable children, Kien Svay district, Kandal province, Cambodia.