Does exposure to Adolescent Reproductive Health Programmes lead to desired outcomes? Findings from the 2006 African Youth Alliance (AYA) survey in Uganda

Gideon Rutaremwa, Makerere University

Research was conducted to determine whether exposure to adolescent and youth programmes resulted in improved Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health behavioral outcomes among youth of ages 17-22 in areas where AYA worked in Uganda. The essential research question was - Among sexually active 17-to-22-year-olds, are those who report exposure to AYA more likely than those not exposed to AYA to: use condoms? Have fewer sexual partners? Use modern contraceptives? And abstain from sex or delay first intercourse? Data was collected from 3049 adolescents, from early March through the beginning of June 2006 by Makerere University Institute of statistics and applied Economics using cluster sampling: cases and controls (purposive), random selection of segments, and random selection of households within segments. Results of the study suggest evidence of a significant positive programme effect on sexual knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors. More effects were reported for females; among sexually active females.

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