International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

Preserving the Future: Social Protection Programmes For Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVC) in Zimbabwe
Tawanda Masuka, Richard Gamuchirai Banda, Vincent Mabvurira, Rangarirai Frank

This article focuses on the social protection programmes that have been put in place in Zimbabwe to assist orphaned and vulnerable children. The programmes inter-a-lia includes BEAM, adoption, institutionalisation, Free Treatment Orders, and the National Plan of Action for Orphans and Vulnerable Children. It is argued that though the programmes are commendable, they have gaps which need to be addressed. This will result in many orphans and vulnerable children lead a near normal life. The article is concluded by making some recommendations which might make the social protection programmes more responsive to the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children.

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