Methodology and Baseline Results from the Evaluation of a Sexuality Education Activity in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Speizer, Ilene S.; Mandal, Mahua; Xiong, Khou; Makina-Zimalirana, Ndinda; Kumalo, Faith; Taylor, Stephen; Ndlovu, Muzi S.; Hons, Bed; Madibane, Mathata; & Beke, Andy. (2018). Methodology and Baseline Results from the Evaluation of a Sexuality Education Activity in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS Education and Prevention, 30(2), 152-68. PMCID: PMC5918414

Speizer, Ilene S.; Mandal, Mahua; Xiong, Khou; Makina-Zimalirana, Ndinda; Kumalo, Faith; Taylor, Stephen; Ndlovu, Muzi S.; Hons, Bed; Madibane, Mathata; & Beke, Andy. (2018). Methodology and Baseline Results from the Evaluation of a Sexuality Education Activity in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. AIDS Education and Prevention, 30(2), 152-68. PMCID: PMC5918414

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In South Africa, adolescents and young adults (ages 15–24) are at risk of HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and unintended pregnancies. Recently, the Department of Basic Education has revised its sexuality education content and teaching strategies (using scripted lessons plans) as part of its life orientation curriculum. This paper presents the methodology and baseline results from the evaluation of the scripted lesson plans and supporting activities. A rigorous cluster-level randomized design with random assignment of schools as clusters is used for the evaluation. Baseline results from grade eight female and male learners and grade 10 female learners demonstrate that learners are at risk of HIV and early and unintended pregnancies. Multivariable analyses demonstrate that household-level food insecurity and living with an HIV-positive person are associated with sexual experience and pregnancy experience. Implications are discussed for strengthening the current life orientation program for future scale-up by the government of South Africa.




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Speizer, Ilene S.
Mandal, Mahua
Xiong, Khou
Makina-Zimalirana, Ndinda
Kumalo, Faith
Taylor, Stephen
Ndlovu, Muzi S.
Hons, Bed
Madibane, Mathata
Beke, Andy



2018


AIDS Education and Prevention

30

2

152-68








PMC5918414


10814

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