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HIV/AIDS

26 November 2013

Government grants reduce HIV risks for SA teenage girls

A large-scale study, led by Oxford University, has identified that government grants in Southern Africa can reduce major HIV risks for teenage girls.

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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