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Isibindi Programme Effects on Service Delivery and Community Capacity to Care for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in South Africa: A formative evaluation

The Isibindi programme, developed by the National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) in 2005, is specifically designed to meet the needs of OVC, their families and communities. This report describes a formative evaluation of the Isibindi programme initiated in mid-2014, two years after the...

The Role of Self-Care on Compassion Satisfaction, Burnout and Secondary Trauma Among Child Welfare Workers

The article promotes awareness of secondary trauma among child welfare workers. The risk of experiencing burnout and secondary trauma increases when exposed to multiple traumatic events when working with children and families. Engaging in positive coping strategies, such as seeking supervision,...

An Evaluation of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Children in Zambia

The purpose of the article is to monitor and evaluate the feasibility of implementing Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to address trauma and stress-related symptoms in orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) in Zambia as part of ongoing programming within a non-governmental...

Secondary Trauma Among Social Workers Treating Trauma Clients: The role of coping strategies and internal resources

This article discusses the relationship between coping strategies (problem-focused, emotion-focused, and avoidance), internal resources (dispositional optimism and mastery), demographic and work characteristics, and secondary trauma symptoms among 160 social workers in public agencies who are...

The Impact of Trauma Work: A meta-synthesis on vicarious trauma and vicarious trauma growth

Workers who have been traumatized of both vicarious trauma (VT) and various posttraumatic growth (VPTG) have a high potential of short-long term of distress using a meta-synthesis. Psychological impact can be managed through personal and organizational coping strategies. It was also found that...

Perspectives of Patients and Caregivers on the Logistical Barriers to Providing Mental Health Services in Uganda

Interviews were conducted with caregivers and patients about their access to mental health services and asked them to identify major barriers.  Through this process they concluded that some of the logistical barriers such as inadequate staffing and irregular supplies were leading to problems with...

Psychosocial Support for Pregnant Women and Families Affected by Microcephaly and Other Neurological Complications in the Context of Zika Virus

This report provides recommendations on how workers should address the psychosocial needs of women affected by Zika.

Consequence of Adult HIV for Affected Children: Modelling the impact (full report)

The PEPFAR Orphans and Vulnerable Children Technical Working group, in partnership with Management Sciences for Health and the Human Sciences Research Council, undertook a three-phase project, including a review of the evidence linking children affected by HIV and AIDS to consequences for their...

Promoting Education for Vulnerable Children by Supporting Families: A holistic intervention in Uganda

This article reports on the Western Uganda Bantwana Program, which worked with more than 1,000 HIV/AIDS-affected families with the goals of improving socioeconomic status, psychosocial functioning, and educational participation. Bantwana offered home visits for psychosocial support and connected...

The Role of Maternal, Health System, and Psychosocial Factors in Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission Failure in the Era of Programmatic Scale Up in Western Kenya: A case control study

This matched case-control study assessed individual, socio-cultural, and health system factors that contributed to the failure of prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services in an area of Kenya where free PMTCT services were widely accessible. The study found that women facing these...

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