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Title:Short-term effects of a peer group intervention for HIV prevention among trainee teachers in Malawi
Author:Norr, Kathleen F.ISNI
Periodical:African Journal of AIDS Research
Geographic term:Malawi
teacher education
Abstract:This report describes the implementation and short-term results of a peer group intervention for HIV prevention on the HIV-related attitudes, knowledge and behaviours of 286 primary school teachers in Malawi. The intervention, based on the social-cognitive learning model, took place in 2000 at two teacher training colleges with a distance-learning programme. Primary school teachers attending a final six-week training session before certification volunteered to participate. The report shows that the participants had positive changes immediately after the intervention in terms of their knowledge, attitudes, self-efficacy, intention to change, and reported recent behaviour change and condom use. Although two measures of stigmatization decreased, the willingness of teachers to permit persons infected with HIV in public places like church, school or work did not change and this remains an area where more intervention is needed. The report demonstrates the feasibility of an HIV-prevention intervention for primary school teachers during their training. The Malawi Ministry of Education has since made the programme available to over 90 percent of all trainee teachers through an NGO. Bibliogr., sum. [ASC Leiden abstract]