MPhil study projects

Knowledge, attitudes and practices on HIV/Aids management among secondary school learners with life skills education in Erongo region, Namibia

Student: Hilja Nambata Inukwa

Country: Namibia

Effective management of HIV/Aids hinges on the interplay of knowledge, attitudes and practices. Equipping learners with accurate information and fostering the right attitudes and behaviours are pivotal in mitigating HIV/Aids prevalence among youth. This research examined the comprehension, attitudes and behaviours of Grade 11 and 12 learners enrolled in life skills, a matric subject, in the Erongo region.

Using a qualitative approach with a case study design, the study employed the Aids risk reduction model theory. This model recognises the diverse attitudes and perceptions individuals harbour regarding HIV/Aids management.

The findings revealed a predominantly positive attitude to HIV/Aids management among learners, with rejection of isolation, discrimination and stigma towards infected peers. Nonetheless, reluctance to undergo testing or share results persisted. While most learners demonstrated knowledge of correct condom use, a subset expressed apprehension in demonstrating usage to peers. The study concluded that learners possessed a nuanced understanding of HIV/Aids, advocating for open discussions and information sharing facilitated by health promotion organisations and government bodies.