Unconditional cash transfers delays age of sexual debut among orphans and vulnerable children in Kenya

by Handa S, Halpern CT, Pettifor A, Thirumurthy H.
PLoS One 2014; 9(1):e85473 (15 January 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. 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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