03.05.2011 05:11 Il y a: 3 yrs
Categorie: News

School-based sexuality education: UNESCO releases new data on cost and cost- effectiveness of sexuality education programmes


The results of a six-country study on the cost and cost-effectiveness of school-based sexuality education programmes were released by UNESCO in New York on 27 April 2011 at a meeting of the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team on Education.

This seminal study, the first of its kind, looks at a range of programmes across low-, middle- and high-income countries, including Estonia, India, Indonesia, Kenya, the Netherlands and Nigeria. Though programmes vary widely in terms of design and scale, it is clear that integrated mandatory programmes are more efficient, as are those adapted from existing models. The costs per learner receiving the curriculum in scaled-up, well established programmes range from US$ 6.90 in Nigeria to US$ 32.80 in the Netherlands. Smaller pilot programmes in Kenya and Indonesia indicate significantly higher costs.

The study highlights the cost-effectiveness, and potential cost savings in a context like Estonia, where a national sexuality education programme was rolled out alongside youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services. Between 2001 and 2009, an estimated 13,490 health events were averted, including 1,970 HIV infections, at a potential lifetime cost of US$67, 825 per patient. [More]

Related links:

International Symposium on Sexuality Education, 27 April 2011 (pdf)

For materials on sexuality education, access to the library database (link)