Costs and effects of school-based sexuality education in six countries

Policy makers all over the world, involved in decisions on school-based sexuality education (SE) programmes, are facing three important economic questions: what are the costs of developing the programmes, what are the costs of implementing and scaling up the programmes, and do the programmes provide value for money? This information would help them to invest education and health resources more effectively in programmes that deliver better health outcomes, particularly in the context of HIV and AIDS.

The present study, funded by UNESCO, responds to the above questions by assessing the costs, health effects and cost-effectiveness of SE programmes in a range of countries. It analyses costs in six countries (Nigeria, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Estonia and the Netherlands), and the impact and cost-effectiveness in two countries (Kenya and Estonia).

The study started in March 2010 and is expected to be completed by early 2011.

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