Social protection: potential for improving HIV outcomes among adolescents

Social protection_ potential for improving HIV outcomes among adolescents.pdf

New evidence is emerging around social protection interventions, including cash transfers, parenting support and educational support. These interventions have the potential to:

  • reduce the social and economic drivers of HIV risk
  • improve utilisation of prevention technologies
  • improve adherence to ART for adolescent populations in the hyper-endemic settings of Southern and Eastern Africa.

Studies show that the integration of social and economic interventions has high acceptability and reach and that it holds powerful potential for improved HIV, health and development outcomes.

The paper concludes that:

  • social protection is a largely untapped means of reducing HIV-risk behaviours and increasing uptake of and adherence to biomedical prevention and treatment technologies
  • there is sufficient evidence to include social protection programming as a key strategy to mitigate the negative impacts of the HIV epidemic among families
  • social protection programming can also contribute to HIV prevention among adolescents and potentially remove social and economic barriers to accessing treatment
  • there is a need for further research and a programming agenda to actively combine programmes that increase availability of biomedical solutions with social protection policies that can boost their utilisation

Related resources

Social protection programmes contribute to HIV prevention

UNAIDS HIV and Social Protection Guidance Note


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