Scientific Research and Essays

  • Abbreviation: Sci. Res. Essays
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1992-2248
  • DOI: 10.5897/SRE
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 2759

Full Length Research Paper

Process and impact evaluation of the Odi youth centre regarding behavioural change towards HIV/AIDS

M. E. Mokabane1, K. Mokwena1 and O. O. Oguntibeju2*
1School of Public Health, University of Limpopo, MEDUNSA Campus, Pretoria, South Africa. 2Department of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Health and Wellness Sciences, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville, South Africa.
Email: [email protected], [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 12 December 2011
  •  Published: 23 January 2012


The objective of HIV prevention interventions is that young people would not only have a potential to protect them from being infected but also to shape their lives in a positive way, hence we evaluated the process and impact of a youth centre regarding behavioural change towards HIV/AIDS. This is an evaluative descriptive study using a qualitative research method. For process evaluation, in-depth, interviews were conducted among the staff, groundbreakers (role models) and volunteers working in the youth centre. From the interview conducted, it was reported that the youth centers are effective in keeping the youth out of the streets, educating them about HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, teenage pregnancy, sexuality and sexual health education. Youth centers provide valuable opportunity to inculcate in youth the dream of a better future and to avert the chances of HIV-infection. Lessons and behavior learnt at this stage will be carried to adulthood.  The life skills they acquire from the youth centre are invaluable and recommendations on how to improve quality and service delivery are highlighted.


Key words: Youth centre, sexual behavior, health education, impact and evaluation.