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Title: The Outcomes Evaluation Of the Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health Program at Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC), Matabeleland North
Authors: Magama, Happy
Keywords: Adolescents
Sexual reprodcutive health
Peer education
Issue Date: May-2016
Publisher: Lupane State University
Abstract: Zimbabwe National Family Planning Council (ZNFPC) implemented the Adolescents Sexual Reproductive Health Programme (ARSH) in all its provinces. The programme is to enable young people to have access to comprehensive range of quality Sexual Reproductive Health (SRH) information and services and to make informed and responsible decisions about their SRH, reducing their risk of HIV infection and be supported appropriately by their communities, development partners and other relevant stakeholders. This programme was implemented and operated within the Zimbabwe National ASRH strategy, 2010-2015, ZINASP II and the broader goals of ZNFPC strategy. To date various funding partners have made efforts to strengthen the ARSH program. ZNFPC have received funding from International Parenthood Federation (IPPF), National AIDS Council (NAC), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF). The program used the 3 approaches to address the needs of the adolescents and youth. These are i.) Youth Centre approach ii.) The health facility based i.e. the youth friendly corners at health institutions and iii.) The school-based approaches through the HIV clubs, guidance and counseling and peer education, edutainment, awareness raising activities, and social responsibility activities. Using the 3 approaches ZNFPC sought to reach out to the youth that are both in and out of school. With these activities the programme sought to improve and increase knowledge and skills on safe sexual and reproductive health practices amongst young people. Therefore the purpose and scope of this evaluation are to measure the relevance, effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of the ZNFPC’s adolescents sexual Reproductive Health Program to meeting the needs of the young people aged between 10-24-year-old in Bulawayo and Matabeleland North province. Specifically its main objectives were to determine whether exposure to the ZNFPC ARSH comprehensive, integrated program resulted in improved ASRH knowledge, attitudes, and behaviours among young people aged between 10-24 years in the 2 provinces. This was done in order to facilitate an understanding and broader appreciation amongst the stakeholders of the extent to which the envisioned change(s) was achieved during the project’s implementation and in the period immediately after and also to make recommendations for improving the programme. The evaluation focused on young people’s exposure to 6 program components of the program namely (i) Youth Friendly Clinical Services, (ii) Peer education and (iii) life livelihood skills training, (iv.) information education and communication services and (v) institutional capacity building (vi.) distribution and advocating for condom use. The programme was therefore evaluated against the five OECD/DAC evaluation guidelines of Relevance, Effectiveness, Efficiency, Outcome and Impact and Sustainability. Triangulation Methods were adopted for this evaluation and the findings.
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