The objective of this study was to test the feasibility of using comic books, role models, and edutainment to communicate HIV and AIDS messages to in-school young people in Kenya, with a view to improving their knowledge about the epidemic, enhancing communication about it, and promoting positive attitudes and behavior among them. The study was implemented by the Population Council in eight secondary schools in Nairobi, as part of the APHIA II Operations Research Project in collaboration with the AIDS Control Unit in the Ministry of Education, Well Told Story, and the National AIDS/STI Control Programme. The study found that there is need for HIV and AIDS and other sexual and reproductive health (SRH) information among students, and that using youth-friendly channels to communicate HIV and AIDS messages to in-school youth is acceptable to members of the school community. Furthermore, the use of such channels leads to improved knowledge of SRH issues, enhanced communication about SRH, and positive changes in attitudes and behavior of students.
Obare, Francis, Harriet Birungi, Monica Wanjiru, Sheila Bayley, John Kiunjuri, Mary Omondi, Rob Burnet, and Bridget Deacon. 2012. "Positive action for HIV in schools in Kenya," APHIA II OR Project in Kenya Technical Report. Nairobi: Population Council.
AIDS, Population, and Health Integrated Assistance (APHIA II) Operations Research Project
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