CASH TRANSFERS AND CAREGIVERS: WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE VULNERABILITY AND HIV RISK AMONG ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

  • Naomi Hill University of Johannesburg
  • Tessa Hochfeld University of Johannesburg
  • Leila Patel University of Johannesburg
Keywords: adolescent girls, adolescent HIV risk, caregivers, child support grant, cash transfers, vulnerability and HIV risk

Abstract

In South Africa adolescent girls have the highest HIV incidence of any sex or age cohort. Scalable HIV-prevention interventions targeting this group are critical for epidemic control. Reaching 12.2 million children, the Child Support Grant mitigates the socio-structural drivers of HIV risk. This qualitative study of eight adolescents and their caregivers in Westbury, Johannesburg, explored how caregiving increases protective potential. ‘Caregiving’ enhanced the HIV risk-reduction benefits of ‘cash’ when characterised by substantial positive caregiver-adolescent involvement and adequate levels of control and consistency. Results underpin the value of social protection as an HIV-prevention modality and endorse investment in caregiver support programmes.

Author Biographies

Naomi Hill, University of Johannesburg
Centre for Social Development in Africa (CDSA)
Tessa Hochfeld, University of Johannesburg
Centre for Social Development in Africa (CDSA)
Leila Patel, University of Johannesburg
Department of Science and Technology (DST) / National Research Foundation (NRF), South African Research Chair in Welfare and Social Development
Published
2021-03-29
How to Cite
Hill, N., Hochfeld, T., & Patel, L. (2021). CASH TRANSFERS AND CAREGIVERS: WORKING TOGETHER TO REDUCE VULNERABILITY AND HIV RISK AMONG ADOLESCENT GIRLS IN JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. Social Work/Maatskaplike Werk, 57(1), 101. https://doi.org/10.15270/57-1-909
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