Process evaluation of the Indlela HIV/AIDS and life skills programme in Amaoti, Durban.
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BACKGROUND: HIV/AIDS has seemingly conquered all medical means of prevention. An approach is therefore needed which focuses on the future of a generation, in equipping today‟s children with the necessary knowledge and skills, to prevent future HIV/AIDS infections and implications. In an attempt to combat HIV/AIDS, Life Orientation has been incorporated in the South African school curriculum as one of the learning areas. Children hereby are receiving knowledge on HIV/AIDS and life skills. Research however, has found that young people do not necessarily respond to, or internalise information received. Programmes which focus on interactive participation and experiential learning are needed for desired outcomes. Specific focus on self-esteem, self-efficacy, communication and a sense of future are also necessary, as these aspects play a crucial role in health behaviour or the lack thereof. iThemba Lethu has been endorsed by the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education and focuses specifically on these issues. iThemba Lethu has granted Indlela permission to use their programme in schools in the Amaoti community, referred to as the Indlela Life Skills programme, to make a positive contribution to the youth of this vulnerable community. Because programme evaluation is an integral part of programme implementation and development, this study will focus on process evaluation of the Indlela programme.