Orphans and Other Vulnerable Children

Children are disproportionately affected by the HIV epidemic, particularly those who have lost one or both parents to HIV, or who are being raised by a sick caregiver. Orphans and other vulnerable children often have basic needs that are not met, lacking education, food security, or access to health care. They also are particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation, as well as more likely to engage in unsafe or risky behaviors that place them at elevated risk of HIV. SOAR is testing strategies to mitigate the impacts of HIV on orphans and other vulnerable children in sub-Saharan Africa.