Cash transfers – magic bullet or fundamental ingredient?

by Lucie Cluver, Lorraine Sherr
The Lancet Global Health – Published: 01 November 2016

2 pp. 39 kB

How many more trials will be needed to endorse the use of small regular cash amounts to improve the health of the very poor? In their study in The Lancet Global Health, Audrey Pettifor and colleagues show that cash transfers reduce key HIV risk behaviours in adolescent girls (sexual activity in the past 12 months, unprotected sex in the past 3 months, and intimate partner violence as an additional outcome). But the unexpected findings from this study might have even greater implications for social protection and HIV prevention.

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