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Title:Youth-Driven HIV Prevention Programmes in South Africa: Social Capital, Empowerment and Conscientisation
Author:MacPhail, CatherineISNI
Periodical:Social Dynamics
Geographic term:South Africa
health education
Health and Nutrition
Education and Oral Traditions
External link:https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/02533950608628731
Abstract:The community-level attributes of two youth HIV prevention initiatives in a single community, a township in South Africa about an hour to the southwest of Johannesburg, are examined using the concepts of social capital, empowerment and critical consciousness. Both the school-based peer education programme and youth-initiated public clinic 'add-on' facility for the treatment of adolescent sexually transmitted diseases aimed at improving awareness and prevention and getting young people to engage in health enhancing behaviour. The two programmes had differing experiences in terms of implementation, community acceptance, sustainability and achieving their goals, and show how much more difficult it is to engage communities in social change for improved sexual health than in the provision of services. The analysis highlights the importance of ensuring adolescent agency in HIV prevention through access to power, resources and alliances, and acknowledgement of skills. Bibliogr., notes, sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]