Paying girls to stay in school: a good return on HIV investment?

Michelle Remme, Anna Vassall, Brian Lutz, Charlotte Watts The Lancet, 2012; Volume 379, Issue 9832 Download publication

Letter to The Lancet by STRIVE researchers highlighting the multi-sector benefits of interventions that address the structural drivers of HIV. As AIDS funding shrinks, measures that address the social and economic drivers of HIV are in danger of being overlooked.

The letter, written by Michelle Remme, Anna Vassall, STRIVE Research Director Charlotte Watts and UNDP's Brian Lutz, focuses on the example of cash transfer programmes supporting young girls to stay in school. In such cases - where the benefits of structural interventions extend to other sectors such as education - the authors argue for an increase in co-financing. Spreading the costs this way, they argue, would make the cash transfer programme much better value for money from an HIV perspective.

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