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ERIC Number: EJ1102006
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0017-8969
Responding to Changes in HIV Policy: Updating and Enhancing the "Families Matter!" Curriculum
Miller, Kim S; Winskell, Kate; Berrier, Faith L
Health Education Journal, v75 n4 p409-420 Jun 2016
Objectives: The past decade has seen changes in US HIV policy in sub-Saharan Africa in response to a new Administration and far-reaching technical, scientific and programmatic developments. These include dramatically increased access to life-saving anti-retroviral therapy (ART) and related services, the roll-out of voluntary medical male circumcision and growing sensitivity to gender-based violence, including child sexual abuse, and to its role in increasing vulnerability to HIV. The "Families Matter! Program" (FMP) is an intervention for parents and caregivers of 9- to 12-year-olds that promotes effective parent-child communication about sexuality and sexual risk reduction. FMP was adapted from a US evidence-based intervention in 2003-2004 and is now implemented in eight African countries. In 2012-2013, the FMP curriculum was updated and enhanced to respond to new US Government priorities. Methods: Enhancements to the curriculum drew on the results of Violence Against Children surveys, on a review of existing literature, on feedback from the field on the existing curriculum and on stories written by young people across Africa for scriptwriting competitions. Methods: Enhancements to the curriculum drew on the results of Violence Against Children surveys, on a review of existing literature, on feedback from the field on the existing curriculum and on stories written by young people across Africa for scriptwriting competitions. Results: We updated FMP with scientific content and stronger linkages to services. We also intensified our focus on structural determinants of risk. This contextualisation of sexual risk-taking within structural constraints led us to place greater emphasis on gendered vulnerability and the diverse pressures children face and to intensify our situation-based pedagogical approach, drawing on the authentic youth-authored narratives. Conclusion: We describe these changes as an illustration of and source of insight into much-needed programmatic adaptation in response to evolving HIV policy.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (DHHS/PHS)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Africa