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Health Care Women Int. 2016;37(3):301-22. doi: 10.1080/07399332.2015.1017641. Epub 2015 Feb 18.

Educational Outcomes for Orphan Girls in Rural Zimbabwe: Effects of a School Support Intervention.

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1
a Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation , Chapel Hill , North Carolina , USA.
2
b Department of Community Medicine University of Zimbabwe , Harare , Zimbabwe.
3
c Faculty of Education, Africa University , Mutare , Zimbabwe.

Abstract

Educational achievement has important implications for the health and well-being of young women in sub-Saharan Africa. The authors assessed the effects of providing school support on educational outcomes of orphan girls in rural Zimbabwe. Data were from a randomized controlled trial offering the intervention group comprehensive schooling support and controls no treatment initially and then fees only. Results indicated comprehensive support reduced school dropout and absence but did not improve test scores. Providing support to orphan girls is promising for addressing World Health Organization Millennium Development Goals, but further research is needed about contextual factors affecting girls' school participation and learning.

PMID:
25692731
PMCID:
PMC4540683
[Available on 2017-03-01]
DOI:
10.1080/07399332.2015.1017641
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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