Mphatlalatsane E.C.C.D Special Initiative

This program is done in collaboration with USAID/PEPFAR, Management Sciences for Health (MSH) ,Government of Lesotho, GROW and Stellenbosch University in South Africa to develop, implement and evaluate the Lesotho ECCD special initiative. It’s a program integrating HIV testing and treatment services, nutrition and parenting practices for children aged 1-5 years into rural communities through Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) centres. It is a three-year randomized control trial (RCT). The intervention is a multipronged approach utilizing trained facilitators to deliver a caregiver to child cognitive stimulation mentorship, as well as mobilizing existing community resources to increase access and utilization.

Through mentoring caregivers gathered at ECCD centres, facilitators will capacitate the caregivers to support the development of children’s attentions skills. Key aspects of the cognitive stimulation capacitation for caregivers include praise, displays of warmth, responsiveness and sensitivity during episodes of joint attention.

SHIFT (Strengthening Homebased Initiatives for OVC Care givers and Support) Project

DSC07297This program works towards realisation of overarching PEPFAR responses which are to contribute to the achievement of an AIDS-free generation by responding to the social and emotional consequences on children, their families and communities that support them. GROW aims to empower and build capacity of existing community structures and systems for the support of OVC and their caregivers. Orphaned and Vulnerable Children and their caregivers continue to be provided with services through community based mentors and volunteers as per their assessed needs and the care plans and linkages or referrals are made where necessary. Through the use of community mentors, project staff and volunteers with the guidance of local leaders, GROW will continue facilitating the capacity building of 40 community volunteers to provide a continuum of care and support services to 5350 OVC and their caregivers with their immediate families in the coming years.