Examining Methods Implementers Use in Delivering the HIV/AIDS Programmes in Universities
AbstractHIV and AIDS programme implementers or facilitators and lecturers are mandated to use a variety of methods as a means of teaching and distributing HIV and AIDS related information or material to students. The study made use of the Post-positivist paradigm. Thirty- nine lecturers, 24 students, 3 senior health workers and 3 NGO officials made up the sample. Data was collected through questionnaires, face to face interviews, focus group discussions, document analysis, and observations. SPSS computer software was used to analyse quantitative data and qualitative data was grouped into themes. This study revealed that time allocated for HIV and AIDS lessons in the curriculum was not adequate. University lecturers used lecture method, group discussion, assessment methods as key methods of implementing the programme. The study revealed that HIV and AIDS programmes were not well managed or coordinated though they were taught throughout the year in all universities. The study concluded that that a university can teach HIV and AIDS content in different semesters of the academic calendar. It was therefore recommended that HIV and AIDS deserve the political will, recognition and support from designers just like any other subject, move beyond the traditional passive methods and try also video-assisted education models that increase subject’s knowledge significantly and that NGOs and HIV and AIDS coordinators, since they offer technical and financial support, should be conversant with the methods used by the lecturers to a lager extent.
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