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Soul City Institute: More funding, programmes needed for HIV prevention

The Soul City Institute says 10 years after Soul Buddyz clubs were started, former members are three times more likely to be HIV negative.

The Soul City Institute briefing attendees at the 2017 National Aids Conference in Durban on 14 June 2017. Picture: Ziyanda Ngcobo/EWN.

DURBAN - The Soul City Institute says there is a greater need for sustainable funding of programmes and research into preventing the spread of HIV - especially when it comes to young women.

The organisation has held a briefing on the sidelines of the National Aids Conference currently underway in Kwazulu-Natal.

The institute says it conducted research on young people who formed a part of its Soul Buddyz club 10 years ago - to assess the impact of the programme on sexual behaviour.

The institute says its Soul Buddyz clubs – which were an extension of its TV programme – provided children between the ages of eight and 14 with material related to sex.

Ten years later, the organisation has tracked down young people who were part of the initiative back then and has conducted a survey to assess the impact of their education.

The institute’s Lebo Ramofoko says ex-Soul Buddyz were three times more likely to be HIV negative.

“We are making a recommendation that says there is evidence now that this is a programme that works.”

The institute says it has seen a significant decline in the funding of such initiatives, and a more sustainable, long-term assessment of programmes needs to take place.

(Edited by Zinhle Nkosi)

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