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Framework for Strengthening Integration of Mental Health in Programs for Children Orphaned or Made Vulnerable by HIV

This paper aims to provide a framework for existing OVC programs to consider and improve integration of mental health in cost-effective ways. It is also critical to create an environment that supports recognition and promotion of the whole person, including mental health, and provides protection of individual health through social, economic, health, education and other programs and services. Delivering effective interventions strongly depends on enabling environments such as supportive legal frameworks, transformative policies, qualified workforce, accessible and appropriate, quality services and active community support and awareness, including addressing stigma that also accompanies mental health.

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