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|Title: ||THE ROLE OF VOLUNTARY YOUTH IN HIV/AIDS PREVENTION, CARE AND SUPPORT IN ADDIS ABABA|
|Authors: ||TADESSE, AMERA|
|Advisors: ||Fikre Enquoselassie (PhD)|
|Keywords: ||Care and Support|
|Copyright: ||Feb-2007 |
|Date Added: ||10-May-2012 |
|Abstract: ||Background: AIDS is the leading killer among the sexually active section of the population in
Sub-Saharan Africa. Ethiopia is also one of the countries with high prevalence of HIV/AIDS.
Lack of awareness and misconceptions contributed to high risk behavior that lead to the spread of
HIV/AIDS. While young people are among the most vulnerable groups to HIV infection, they are
also the most promising agents of behavior change. If behavior change is to be effective, it should
involve the youth itself in the generation of appropriate messages.
Objective: The study was designed to assess the role of voluntary youth in HIV/AIDS
prevention, care and support in Addis Ababa.
Method: Four hundred and twenty two voluntary youth were selected systematically from the list
of 40 youth groups working in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support in the 10 sub-cities of
Addis Ababa. A structured and pre-tested self administered questionnaire was used for data
Results: The result showed that 76.0% of the voluntary youth in HIV/AIDS prevention care and
support were active in peer/public education; 45.3% of them were involved in condom
distribution and 45.0% were involved in home based care and support. The majority of the
respondents (84.8%) indicated that NGOs were supporting their activities, 34.6% said that
governmental organizations were supporting them; and 12.5% said religious organizations were
supporting them. Conflict among group members (48.6%) and financial constraint (47.4%) were,
however, among the main challenges faced by the volunteers.
Conclusion & Recommendation: Majority of the volunteers in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and
support were active in playing their role in their groups. Most of them were also willing to
continue their volunteerism and advise their friends; and also they envisioned volunteerism for
their future career. However a special training in conflict management and a better support from
government and religious organizations should be given to these volunteers so that volunteers can
play effective role in HIV/AIDS prevention, care and support.|
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