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27 March 2022

The cost-effectiveness of intimate partner violence prevention: Evidence from six low- and middle-income countries

Globally, one in three women has experienced physical and/or sexual violence in their lifetime.1
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 5 aims to eradicate violence against women and girls (VAWG). Many interventions designed to prevent VAWG in low- to middleincome countries (LMICs) are showing substantial impact.
However, despite the emerging evidence and high-level
policy and public commitment to reduce VAWG, funding for VAWG prevention remains insufficient. Cost-effectiveness analysis helps governments and funders decide which VAWG prevention interventions are most effective when budgets are limited.
This brief presents findings from the first multi-country costeffectiveness study of six VAWG prevention interventions delivered across a range of platforms and approaches from schools to community mobilisation and workshop-based small-group formats. It highlights how costs and health effects vary across platforms, approaches, countries, and
populations, with methods commonly used to analyse and justify investment in the health sector.
This brief is intended for donors, policy makers, and practitioners of VAWG prevention. It is one of a series of
evidence briefs published as part of the UKAID-funded What Works to Prevent Violence programme, which has rigorously evaluated 15 interventions across 12 countries in Africa and Asia.

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