Positive Outcomes for Orphans
(POFO) Study

Positive Outcomes for Orphans (POFO) is a longitudinal, multi-country cohort study that looks at the experiences of 3,000 orphaned and separated children (OSC) and their caregivers in five low- and middle-income countries.

The study can tell us much about the lives being currently lived by orphaned and separated children (OSC) in less wealthy nations most affected by the new OSC epidemic and what characteristics are associated with better outcomes for the children.

POFO Study Sites

Five low- and middle-income countries were selected that were culturally, historically, ethnically, religiously, politically, and geographically diverse from each other, including Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Cambodia, and India.

The ultimate goal of the POFO research study is to provide additional evidence to local communities, policymakers, and funding agencies regarding a range of feasible care options for OSC ages 6 and above in less wealthy nations.

Our Partners

At each site, grassroots NGOs lead the local implementation of the research. Each NGO has a mission to work with children living in adversity and sought involvement in OSC-related research. Our current and former partner NGOs include:

The POFO research team is multidisciplinary and includes a variety of researchers with complementary backgrounds who have extensive experience working in diverse low- and middle-income country contexts.

Please join us in partnership! We strongly welcome collaboration from interested individuals from across the world.