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Lusajo Kajula


Lusajo Kajula joined UNICEF Innocenti in June 2017. She holds a Ph.D. in Health Behaviour and Promotion from the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. Her research interests lie in risky sexual behaviour among adolescents and youth, Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Violence against Children (VAW), HIV related stigma, as well as parenting and family interactions. Since 2002, Lusajo has been involved in several international collaborations that addressed adolescent and youth sexual behavior in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her past research projects included being site PI for an intervention trial that looked at a population of young men in 60 camps, parents’ and teacher’s communication with youth about HIV-related sexual behaviors in Tanzania as well as social and cultural factors associated with concurrent sexual partnerships in Tanzania amongst others. At Innocenti, she coordinates a study on Cash Plus for Adolescents in Tanzania and supports qualitative research more generally in the Transfer Project.
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This rapid review seeks to inform initial and long-term public policy responses to the COVID-19 pandemic by assessing evidence on past economic policy and social protection responses to health and economic crises and their effects on children and families. The review focuses on virus outbreaks/emergencies, economic crises and natural disasters which, similar to the COVID-19 pandemic, were rapid in onset, had wide-ranging geographical reach, and resulted in disruption of social services and economic sectors without affecting governance systems. Lessons are also drawn from the HIV/AIDS pandemic due to its impact on adult mortality rates and surviving children.


The time is now! Preventing violence against women and children requires quality evidence. (13 Jan 2020)

Reflections from the world’s premier conference on ending violence against women and violence against children from the Sexual Violenc ...


Cash Plus

Integrating cash transfers with other services, like health insurance, can generate substantial benefits for individuals as well as their households. ...

Social protection and cash transfers

A multi-country research and learning initiative to provide rigorous evidence on the impact of large-scale national cash transfer programmes.