The Government of Kenya´s Cash Transfer Program Reduces the Risk of Sexual Debut among Young People Age 15-25

by Sudhanshu Handa, Carolyn Tucker Halpern, Audrey Pettifor et al.
PLoS ONE 9(1): e85473 (January 15, 2014)

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The aim of this study is to assess whether the Government of Kenya’s Cash Transfer for Orphans and Vulnerable Children (Kenya CT-OVC) can reduce the risk of HIV among young people by postponing sexual debut. The program provides an unconditional transfer of US$ 20 per month directly to the main caregiver in the household.  Since the CT-OVC provides cash to the caregiver and not to the child, and there are no explicit conditions associated with receipt, these impacts are indirect, and may have been achieved by keeping young people in school. The results suggest that large-scale national social cash transfer programs with poverty alleviation objectives may have potential positive spillover benefits in terms of reducing HIV risk among young people in Eastern and Southern Africa.

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