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Endline Project Evaluation Report MASA-Youth Project

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Art and Global Health Centre Africa (Artglo)

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This evaluation documents the effect of the Make Art Stop AIDs (MASA) youth project, implemented by Art and Global Health Centre Africa (ArtGlo) with technical support from Dignitas International (DI), on sexual and reproductive health knowledge, attitudes, and practices among secondary school and college students in Zomba, Phalombe and Machinga districts. The MASA Youth project used participatory arts to encourage dynamic learning and discussion of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) issues, including preventing and living with HIV. Project participants included secondary school and university students from three districts of Malawi’s South Eastern Zone.
The evaluation used a mixed methods cohort study design to compare students’ sexual and reproductive health knowledge, attitudes and practices before and after project participation. The project collected quantitative data using pre-test, post-test and qualitative data from focus group discussions and interviews. Quantitative analysis using a paired-sample t-test found students had significantly improved scores in the post test, revealing positive change in SRH knowledge, attitudes, and practices upon project completion. Thematic analysis of the qualitative data showed that Students felt they did not previously have access to detailed and honest sexual and reproductive health information, and this education (provided by MASA) is essential for their health and well-being. Students felt equipped, confident, and passionate about sharing their learning with not only peers, but also siblings and parents. Students expressed great interest in scale-up efforts including increasing the number of topics, expanding to rural communities, and ensuring greater inclusivity for students with disabilities.

A planned versus actual analysis of the project revealed that the project achieved the vast majority of its set targets. Replication and scale-up of the MASA project is recommended in order to reach more students and achieve expanded and sustainable improvements in students’ sexual and reproductive health knowledge, attitudes, and practices.

Evidence Type: Qualitative Research

Main Focus: Physical Health

Research Purpose: Outcome Evaluation

Context: Community

Participant Group: Young People (16-25)

Art Forms: Multi-Arts

Access Type: Free Download

APA Citation:

Chinkonda B., Howell C., Pemba L., Chibwana A., Bandawe C., Mlotha W., Todd H., Kalima S. (2018). Endline Project Evaluation Report MASA-Youth Project. Malawi: Art and Global Health Centre Africa (Artglo)