Tanzania faces a crisis in its ability to provide needed services to HIV/AIDS orphans and vulnerable children. Traditionally Tanzaniaâ€™s orphans have been absorbed into extended families in their home villages. However, the increase in the HIV/AIDS orphan population is overwhelming village capacity.
This report provides an assessment of the human capacity and other needs that will be required to implement the Tanzanian National Plan of Action for Most Vulnerable Children, which depends upon the success of village-level most vulnerable childrenâ€™s committeesâ€– (MVCCs), and upon the ability of a public/private infrastructure to respond to the MVCCs and coordinate implementation of the plan at all levels. The Plan, which has yet to be officially adopted, has been piloted in target villages in 21 of the countryâ€™s 126 districts.