child health


This publication focuses on development efforts to combat child marriage in regions, countries, and communities where interventions to prevent and respond to child marriage are most needed and most able to achieve results.


International conventions declare that child marriage is a violation of human rights because it denies girls the right to decide when and with whom to marry. This report is intended to help policymakers prevent this violation of girls’ rights. It summarizes available data and evidence, while offering advice on the many issues involved, and suggests prioritized actions to reduce, and eventually eliminate, child marriage.

Journal Article

This journal article’s objective is to estimate the prevalence of blindness in children in Vietnam and to assess the major causes. Note: This article requires a subscription to read the full-text.

Case Study

This case study documents the Sonke Gender Justice Network’s Fatherhood project, which was designed to reduce HIV transmission and address related problems, such as gender-based violence, women’s overwhelming burden of care, and the preponderance of children in need of care and support.

Journal Article

This journal article’s objective is to compare the productivity of key informants (KIs) and dedicated health workers (HWs) in identifying children with surgical eye care needs. Note: This article requires a subscription to view the full text.

Journal Article

This article reports on the success of the Berhane Hewan program, one of the first rigorously evaluated interventions to delay marriage in Sub-Saharan Africa. It also suggests that well-designed and effectively implemented programs can delay the earliest marriages until later adolescence.


This brief outlines the Addis Birhan Project. The curriculum for men includes modules on gender, relationships, caring for children and families, drugs and alcohol, HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health, and violence.


This publication estimates the prevalence of child marriage and seeks to identify and understand the factors associated with child marriage and cohabitation. The statistical linkages identified can help programmers promote delayed marriage and use advocacy and behavior-change campaigns to prevent child marriage.