The Role of Voluntary Youth in HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support in Addis Ababa

Amera, Tadesse (2007) The Role of Voluntary Youth in HIV/AIDS Prevention, Care and Support in Addis Ababa. Masters thesis, Addis Ababa University.

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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 collection 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.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV/AIDS, Voluntary, Youth group, Prevention, Care and Support
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
Divisions: Africana
Depositing User: Emmanuel Ndorimana
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2018 12:51
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2018 12:51

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