Writing Contest: Working with Children Affected by HIV & AIDS

Writing Contest: Working with Children Affected by HIV & AIDS

{Photo credit: Todd Shapera, Rwanda}Photo credit: Todd Shapera, Rwanda

OVCsupport.net, a global knowledge sharing website, is announcing its second annual writing contest, open to all those who have a story to tell about working with children affected by HIV and AIDS. The annual competition is one component of OVCsupport.net’s efforts to facilitate the exchange of ideas and experiences between people who are working in the field of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). The top three submissions will be featured on the site and in the August edition of the site’s electronic newsletter.

According to UNAIDS, more than 14 million children worldwide have lost one or both parents to HIV. The thousands of organizations that provide services to these children often do not have the mechanism to share experiences or receive information on best practices from one another. OVCsupport.net provides a way for these organizations to connect with one another and have access to cutting edge information. The annual writing contest is an opportunity for local organizations and writers to make their voice heard in the global forum.

Interested authors are invited to submit a short article on one of three topics: (1) the role of Information Communication Technology in programming for children affected by HIV and AIDS; (2) the greatest challenges in organizational capacity building for organizations working with this population; or (3) the future of OVC programming.

The deadline for submissions is August 28, 2013.

The winning stories from last year’s competition focused on community-driven approaches for care and support of OVC in India, challenges that OVCs and their caregivers face in South Africa, and designing programs for OVC in Uganda. These articles were disseminated to over 3,500 people through the OVCsupport.net newsletter.

For more information on the second annual writing contest, please visit www.ovcsupport.net.

The OVCsupport.net website is managed by the AIDSTAR-Two project, led by MSH, and is funded by The U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through MSH.

Erin Kurtz is a senior project officer on MSH’s AIDSTAR-Two Project.