Supplemental Funding to Expand and Evaluate Vhushilo 2 in South Africa


Principal Investigator:
Charles Deutsch, Senior Research Scientist

Society, Human Development and Health


Dates of Research:
February 4, 2009 — May 31, 2010


The goal of this study to expanded and evaluate the impact of Vhutshilo 2, a structured, time-limited, curriculum based prevention educations, and social support group for South African orphans and vulnerable children(OVC), ages 14-16, to be conducted by teams of trained and supervised peer educators, ages 16-19, between January and September 2009. The intervention was pilot tested in 07-08 as part of a current Pact subcontract, and in turns builds prior intervention for 10-13 year olds. The proposed evaluation seeks to assess: 1. the feasibility of training and supporting South African community-based programs to deliver a peer-led group intervention for 14-16 year old OVCS; 2. The impact of the program of participants’ knowledge, attitudes, and intentions, skills, and HIV risk behaviors, as well as objective measures; 3) the impact of the program on the peer educators ; 4) The strengths and weaknesses of the intervention components; and 5) Burdens and benefits for implementing programs.