EHPSA has always been keen to find out how different groups of people receive evidence and what the factors are that affect the use of evidence. By now, we know quite a bit about how policymakers use HIV prevention evidence, but we know little about how young people use evidence. This is curious as one of EHPSA’s main research populations is adolescent girls... Luckily, EHPSA was provided with an opportunity to learn more about young people when The South African National AIDS Council (SANAC) hosted a national summit on HIV prevention for young women and adolescent girls in April 2018. I learnt what happens when you put a large group of young people in a room with academics, policy makers and civil society representatives.
The outcome? Fired up and ‘woke’ discussions!
I’ll tell you what happened.
AIDS Impact 2017
Without youth-friendly services, the battle for adolescent sexual and reproductive health will be lost. Early findings from three of EHPSA’s adolescent research studies, presented at the AIDS Impact Conference in Cape Town (November 13-15, 2017), reflected on this conundrum in different ways.
The Girl Power study in Malawi presented findings from focus group discussions, where young people compared the clinics in the experimental arm of the study to standard care. Four major differences emerged...