As part of its Monitoring, Evaluation, and Reporting (MER) guidance, the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) released Version 2.3 in September 2018, which includes revised indicators for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) programs. These indicators are intended for routine monitoring of service delivery (OVC_SERV) and HIV status (OVC_HIVSTAT) and are to be reported biannually by all global implementing partners.
The purpose of routinely collecting the MER OVC Indicators is to ensure that OVC project beneficiaries receive substantive, timely, and continuous support. Minimum graduation benchmarks provide definitions for success, which the OVC program, caregivers, and OVC can agree to work toward. Updates in this version highlight the importance of the HIV risk assessment for those who do not know their status and need to be tested.
MEASURE Evaluation has developed a set of resources to support the collection of the PEPFAR MER OVC routine monitoring data. These resources are intended for all OVC program stakeholders—for example, USAID mission staff, PEPFAR implementing partner staff, and the community-based organizations responsible for providing services and monitoring OVC programs.