A global orphans and vulnerable children
evidence-based research community.

The goal of OVCwellbeing.org is to create a community for researchers and policymakers to discuss evidence-based orphan and vulnerable children research results, ongoing studies, policy implications, and relevant news.

Our aim is to increase collaboration among the international community to provide guidance to a wide array of researchers and policymakers to promote the wellbeing of orphans and vulnerable children globally.

EXPLORE OVC RESEARCH

Caregiving Situations & Living Environments

Caregiving Situations & Living Environments

Educational Impact

Educational Impact

HIV/AIDS

HIV/AIDS

Long-term Consequences

Long-term Consequences

Measures & Evaluations

Measures & Evaluations

Socioemotional & Psychological Wellbeing

Socioemotional & Psychological Wellbeing

Training & Therapy

Training & Therapy

NEWS AND MEDIA

Get the latest news and information about OVC Wellbeing’s global health publications, research breakthroughs, internships, and achievements around the world.

Whetten mentioned in “Closure of Rwanda genocide orphanages exacts heavy toll” Article

Whetten mentioned in “Closure of Rwanda genocide orphanages exacts heavy toll” Article

Radical decision to close down country’s 34 institutions has been fraught with difficulties.

“Kathryn Whetten, a professor at Duke University in the US, followed 1,357 children in institutions, and 1,480 in families in Ethiopia and Tanzania, to compare the effect of living in orphanages with family care.

Whetten published her conclusions in the scientific journal  PLOS ONE in 2014, saying that without substantial improvements in care and support, placing children back with families will not significantly improve their welfare.”

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Chris Gray and Team Publish Article on OSC/ Adolescent Trauma and Sexual Health

Chris Gray and Team Publish Article on OSC/ Adolescent Trauma and Sexual Health

Chris Gray and the POFO team recently published an article titled, “Potentially traumatic experiences and sexual health among orphaned and separated adolescents in five low- and middle-income countries” in AIDS Care.

The study highlights the need for caregivers, program managers, and policymakers to promote condom use for sexually active OSC and identify interventions for trauma support services. Orphans living in family-based care may also be particularly vulnerable to early sexual debut and unprotected sexual activity.

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Whole Child International

Whole Child International

Whole Child International (WCI) is a U.S.-based non-governmental organization focused on improving the caregiving environments for vulnerable children by effecting changes within child care centers and orphanages. The “National Evaluation of Quality of Childcare in El Salvador” project is an intervention of educational trainings (for local government officials, directors, and caregivers) and technical assistance within centers.

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The OVC Wellbeing website was founded in 2012 by the Center for Health Policy and Inequalities Research at Duke University, which is a part of the Duke Global Health Institute.

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