The Population Council and its partner, Project Concern International, implemented the Community Mobilization for Preventive Action (COMPACT) HIV-prevention program in Zambia. The program works with communities to develop “compacts” through a participatory, community-led process, and assists them in working toward reaching HIV-related “benchmarks,” intended to result in a reduction in HIV-related risk behaviors and harmful norms and ultimately contribute over time to the reduction of HIV incidence. This mid-term evaluation in four of six COMPACT communities indicates that COMPACT is improving some HIV-related behaviors and attitudes, particularly those related to gender norms, multiple sex partnerships, and alcohol abuse. The report concludes that HIV-prevention programs in Zambia must incorporate alcohol risk reduction activities; furthermore, lessons learned from income-generation programs and programs addressing harmful gender norms should be used to strengthen other HIV prevention programs.
Tun, Waimar, Chabu Kangale, Scott Geibel, Meredith Sheehy, Ray Handema, and Mwaka Monze. 2013. "The Community Mobilization for Preventive Action (COMPACT) project in Zambia: A midline evaluation." Lusaka: Population Council.
COMPACT: Community Mobilization for Preventive Action
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