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Promoting sexual- and reproductive health among adolescents in southern and eastern Africa – mobilising parents, schools, and communities

Objective

The purpose of this project is to develop research-based, culture- and gender-sensitive, sustainable, community-based interventions to promote sexual- and reproductive health among adolescents aged 12-14 years in southern and East Africa, with schools as the gateway for delivery. In two sites (Cape Town and Dar es Salaam), comprehensive, 'best practice', effectiveness studies will be implemented. The aim of the interventions for these studies is that the adolescents use condoms correctly and consistently, postpone sexual debut, or reduce the number of sexual partners. In two other African sites (Limpopo and Kampala), we shall carry out focused efficacy studies. The innovation in the proposal derives from the manner and extent to which we address gender-based violence; parent-child communication on sexuality; culture-specific norms, attitudes and beliefs; active involvement of school students in peer education; contextual factors (physical, organizational and cultural aspects of environments); and 'action planning'. The evaluation includes a process evaluation utilising mainly qualitative methods, and an outcome evaluation involving intervention and comparison groups at all sites. The sample for the effectiveness studies will consist of 15 matched pairs of schools (6000 students), with one school in each pair being randomly allocated to each of the groups in each site. The sample for the efficacy studies will consist of 40 school classes (1200 students) in each group in each site. The theoretical framework draws from social cognition and community mobilisation models. Statistical analyses will exploit current advances in structural equation modelling and multilevel analysis. The use of a biological marker (HSV2) as a proxy for sexual practices will be explored in the first two years of the project. This proposal is perfectly consistent with priorities described under area 4.3.2.1 – Strategies and interventions for improving reproductive health (SICA).

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/social biomedical sciences/sexual health

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2009-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP-SICA - Small/medium-scale focused research project for specific cooperation actions dedicated to international cooperation partner countries(SICA)

Coordinator

UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Norway
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 475 016
Administrative Contact
Inger Gjesdahl (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 750 452
Address
Private Bag X3
7701 Rondebosch
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Roger Wallace (Mr.)
University of Limpopo
South Africa
EU contribution
€ 367 176
Address
P/bag 1106
0727 Polokwane
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Mahlo N. Mokgalong (Prof.)
MAKERERE UNIVERSITY
Uganda
EU contribution
€ 301 180
Address
Main Campus
256 Kampala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Augustine K. Mutumba (Mr.)
MUHIMBILI UNIVERSITY OF HEALTH AND ALLIED SCIENCES
Tanzania
EU contribution
€ 577 802
Address
United Nations Road
65001 Dar Es Salaam
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eligius Lyamuya (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 211 048
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anton Janssen (Mr.)
UNIVERSITETET I OSLO
Norway
EU contribution
€ 158 352
Address
Problemveien 5-7
0313 Oslo
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Eva H. Mjelde (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF SUSSEX

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 8 369,59
Address
Sussex House Falmer
BN1 9RH Brighton
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Laura Shockley (Ms.)
THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 148 621,41
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Enda Clarke (Dr.)