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TAYOA Youth Programming. Engaging young people to make positive decisions

TAYOA promotes abstinence, delayed sexual debut, partner reduction, and consistent condom use among young people through life skills and HIV and sexual reproductive health education. Life skills training focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention through behavior change communication approaches. The target populations for individual and small group HIV prevention interventions are youth aged 14-24 years in Dar es Salaam, Shinyanga and Tanga regions.

Results/Accomplishments

  • Through Social and Behavior change communication activities has reached a total of 1,236,324 in school and out off school youth of Dar es salaam,coast and Tanga regions within 10 years.
  • More than 2,348,986 were reached through free telephone counseling, information and referral to appropriate health service.
  • TAYOA has promoted Healthy Seeking Behaviours and Utilization of Preventive Health Services to key population by reaching 76,315 SW,MSM and IDU.
  • In the last two years TAYOA has provided HTC services to 39,214 mobile and key populations through mobile Community based HTC outreach service.

 

TAYOA Outreach Kit

To achieve TAYOA’s youth program objectives, an outreach kit composed of audiovisual and print materials was created by youth for group sessions on behavior change. The outreach kit includes:

  • 12 animated Life Planning Skills booklets
  • An audio adaptation of the Life Planning Skills (LPS) curriculum
  • 3 sets of audio role model stories (RMS) encouraging safer behaviors
  • Visual and print materials providing facts about HIV (e.g. how multiple concurrent partnerships contribute to the spread of HIV)
  • Condom demonstration tools (for out-of-school youth groups)
  • A radio to play audio materials
  • Monthly monitoring forms
  • Club manual

Objectives

The project aims to equip young people to make positive decisions about their sexual health. It encourages:

  • Delayed initiation of sex.
  • If sexually active, reducing the number of sexual partners.
  • If sexually active, increasing condom use.
  • If sexually active, seek Voluntary HIV Testing with your sexual partner.

Balozi Youth clubs

  • Types of club:
    • School Balozi AIDS Clubs- typically meet once a week
    • Outreach Balozi AIDS Clubs- meet 1-2 times a month
  • Clubs are comprised of approximately 20-40 young people
  • Balozi AIDS Clubs are led by trained young leaders (balozi) recruited from community organizations who volunteer for at least one year.
  • Trained interns are also engaged to support youth clubs for up to 2 months.
  • In addition to discussing materials, peer educators lead activities, make referrals to services, distribute condoms, and guide school and outreach group members as they prepare “Balozi art projects”.

Monitoring and Evaluation

  • The first approach is through process monitoring and is based on data reported from project monitoring forms. TAYOA outreach teams provide additional support through supervision visits.
  • TAYOA employs an outcome monitoring assessment in which peer-education group participants are interviewed at month 1, 6, and 12.
  • For the outcome monitoring assessment, 88 of 250 Balozi AIDS clubs were randomly selected throughout Dar es Salaam and Coast Regions.