Cash + Care: Transforming HIV outcomes for adolescents in Africa through social protection
Lucie Cluver, Frances Gardner, Franziska Meinck, Yulia Shenderovich
Since 2009, ground-breaking research by the University of Oxford, has reduced HIV infection risks and improved health for 2,000,000 adolescents across Southern and Eastern Africa. Specifically, the research demonstrated that combinations of social welfare, cash transfers and caregiving support gave 50-70% reductions in HIV infection risk behaviours, such as transactional sex. This has been directly translated into policy and service delivery for adolescents by USAID-President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), UNICEF, UNAIDS and national governments including South Africa, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
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