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HIV prevention for rural youth in Nigeria: Evaluation results of school and community based programs.

HIV prevention for rural youth in Nigeria: Evaluation results of school and community based programs.

HIV Prevention for Rural Youth (HP4RY), Nigeria is a Canada-Nigeria collaboration funded under the Global Health Research Initiative (Canada) to develop research-informed programming to reduce the vulnerability to HIV infection of youth living in rural communities. This paper presents results of impact evaluation of school and community-based programmes delivered in Junior Secondary Schools and their communities on student knowledge, attitudes, motivations and behaviours 6 and 18 months after programme initiation.

Thirty schools in Edo State, Nigeria, were selected and assigned to research arms (school program, school and community, control) using proportional geographic random sampling. Questionnaires were completed pre-programme (2009) and 6 (2010) and 18 (2011) months after programme initiation by a longitudinal sample of nearly 1000 students. A subset participated in focus group discussions as well. Teachers and community mobilizers were trained in programme delivery in August 2009 with programmes initiated in September 2009.
Analysis of data at 6 months post initiation showed statistically significant gains in intervention as against control schools in student knowledge, attitudes supportive of greater gender equity in sexual matters, motivation to delay sexual initiation and use condoms, and delays in sexual initiation for some subgroups of youth. Certain gains were greater among youth in the school and community programme group than in the school-only group. This presentation will include analysis of both the 6 and 18 month data and will highlight specific areas of success as well as challenges faced in using school- and community-based programming to counteract youth vulnerability to HIV.

Conference: WAS Glasgow 2011
Areas of Interest / Categories: WAS 2011

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