BY VICTORIA OJEME
ABUJA – THE United States Agency for International Development, USAID, allocates over $35 million annually for the provision of comprehensive care and support services to orphans and vulnerable children in Nigeria.
This was disclosed by the USAID/Nigeria Mission Director, Dr. Ray Kirkland, at the formal handover and launch of the database for vulnerable children in Nigeria.
Kirkland explained that a portion of the funds was allocated to the Federal Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development through the provision of technical support from partners, including evaluation and management sciences for health.
He said over 17 million orphans and vulnerable children and over two million of such children were made orphans or vulnerable as a result of the death of a care giver from HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.
According to him, “this support is designed to improve the ministry’s capacity enabling it to provide strong leadership and coordination, monitoring and oversight of activities, this year.