Monitoring and evaluation of loveLife's AIDS prevention and advocacy activities in South Africa, 1999-2001

Jonathan Stadler, Lindiwe Hlongwa

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loveLife is the largest effort ever launched in South Africa to change adolescent sexual behaviour with the aim of reducing the rate of HIV infection among 15-20 year olds by 50%, reducing other STIs, and reducing the incidence of teenage pregnancy, loveLife combines high-powered media awareness and education, development of adolescent-friendly reproductive health services, and outreach and support programmes. The 5-year research and evaluation plan includes a multi-year comprehensive observational study, tracking change in a range of behavioural indicators and in sexual health outcomes. In its first 2 years, loveLife reached more than 4 million youth. Sixty-two percent of youth and 59% of their parents/guardians recognize the brand, while the vast majority of parents (97%) and youth (89%) exposed to loveLife, identified loveLife as being positive. Challenges in the next years are the continued roll out of the programme, and the development of institutional support and behaviour change.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)365-376
Number of pages12
JournalEvaluation and Program Planning
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2002
Externally publishedYes


  • Behaviour change
  • Clinics
  • Help lines
  • LoveLife
  • Media
  • Prevention
  • South Africa
  • Sports
  • Y-centres
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Social Psychology
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Strategy and Management
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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