A large-scale study, led by Oxford
University, has identified that government grants in Southern Africa can reduce
major HIV risks for teenage girls. Their findings are published in the journal,
The Lancet Global Health.
Child support grants
The South African government currently
gives a child support grant of around $35 a month per household to 11 million
children under 18, and a foster child grant worth around $96 a month to another
600 000 nationally. These findings have major implications for HIV prevention
in sub-Saharan Africa. Government grants in South Africa have expanded
massively, and currently reach about 70% of eligible children according to
studies by the Children's Institute at the University of Cape Town. If all
those potentially eligible in South Africa were reached, 77 000 new
relationships of teenage girls with sugar daddies could be prevented each year,
says the study.
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