Policy Briefs: Latest evidence on HIV-sensitive social protection and cash+ programming

April 20, 2017

UNICEF and partners including RIATT-ESA have developed policy briefs based on the latest evidence on HIV-sensitive social protection and cash-plus programming. The key overarching message in the six briefs is that combination social protection is an important way to improve HIV outcomes in adolescents by ameliorating the socioeconomic deprivations that increase risk of HIV infection… View Article

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It helps me live, sends my children to school, and feeds me: a qualitative study of how food and cash incentives may improve adherence to treatment and care among adults living with HIV in Tanzania

April 20, 2017

Lack of money is a barrier to HIV treatment and financial/in-kind incentives can improve outcomes in HIV treatment, but the mechanism of cash as an incentive is unclearn. This study unpacks the question of how financial incentives act to improve retention in care and ART adherence. Through in-depth interviews with clinic clients, found that the… View Article

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Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme: Savings Account

April 4, 2017

Through the Adolescent Girls Empowerment Program (AGEP), the Population Council and partners implemented a social, health, and economic asset-building program for over 10,000 vulnerable adolescent girls aged 10–19 years in Zambia. This learning brief focuses specifically on the third intervention of the AGEP program: a savings account designed to be specifically girl-friendly. The brief describes… View Article

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Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme: Research and Evaluation Midterm Technical Report

April 4, 2017

Adolescent girls are particularly vulnerable to gender-based violence, unintended pregnancy, and HIV. The Adolescent Girls Empowerment Programme (AGEP) is a six-year randomized controlled trial that set out to measure the effect of a social, health, and economic assets program on the health and education outcomes of vulnerable adolescent girls in rural and urban sites across… View Article

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Christian Sermon Guide on Children and HIV for Religious Leaders

March 23, 2017

In collaboration with religious leaders, the AIDSFree project developed this sermon guide to empower religious leaders with the tools and skills to reach their congregations with key messages on pediatric HIV transmission and prevention; stigma and discrimination; and treatment, care, and support; as well as male involvement in the HIV prevention and response continuum.

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Islamic Khutbah Guide on Children and HIV for Religious Leaders

March 23, 2017

In collaboration with religious leaders, the AIDSFree project developed this khutbah guide to empower religious leaders with the tools and skills to reach their congregations with key messages on pediatric HIV transmission and prevention; stigma and discrimination; and treatment, care, and support; as well as male involvement in the HIV prevention and response continuum.

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Conditional Cash Transfers Improve Retention in PMTCT Services by Mitigating the Negative Effect of Not Having Money to Come to the Clinic

March 17, 2017

This study used data from a randomized controlled trial in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo to study the mechanisms by which a cash incentive intervention increases retention in prevention of mother-to-child transmission services. Analysis compared results of 433 newly diagnosed HIV-positive women who received either the standard of care or the standard of care plus… View Article

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Sexual Behavior among Orphaned Adolescents in Western Kenya: A Comparison of Institutional- and Family-Based Care Settings

March 17, 2017

The OSCAR project (Orphaned and Separated Children’s Assessment Related to the their Health and Well-Being) is a longitudinal cohort evaluating the effects of living in different care environments on the physical and mental health outcomes of orphaned and separated children aged 10-18 years. Baseline data from OSCAR of a cohort of 1,365 orphaned adolescents aged… View Article

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Elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV: lessons learned from success in Thailand

February 13, 2017

Thailand is the first country to achieve the World Health Organization’s (WHO) targets for the elimination of mother-to-child transmission. One lesson learned points to the importance of an effective monitoring system in bringing about a massive, multi-sectoral response. All sectors of Thai society had shared commitment, decision-making, resources and efforts. This article reviews the science… View Article

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HIV Stigma: Perspectives from Kenya Child Caregivers and Adolescents Living with HIV

February 6, 2017

While knowledge about AIDS and access to treatment have increased, this qualitative research from western Kenya suggests that stigma remains high. Participants have faced inaccurate and negative attitudes about how they got the disease and experienced negative social and economic consequences as well as internalized negative feelings about themselves. Treatment related impacts of stigma included… View Article

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