Effectiveness of HIV prevention interventions for young people in sub-Sahara Africa

Team members: 
Ronan Van Rossem


Main objectives

  • The development of a theoretical model of the determinants of sexual risk behavious
  • Assessing the effectiveness of the use of the theoretical model in HIV prevention programmes among children and youth

Specific objectives

  • Making an overview of determinants of sexual risk behaviour among youth in sub-Sahara Africa
  • Developping an instrument to measure these determinants
  • Integrating the determinants in the validated theoretical model
  • Testing the theoretical model to a HIV education programme



  • Review of literature and meta-analysis of studies on sexual risk behaviour
  • Qualitative research: in-depth interviews with young Rwandan people on HIV/AIDS, sexuality and sexual identity
  • Quantitative research: study the impact of an HIV/AIDS risk reduction programme through a baseline study, an intermediary study and an endline study
  • Develop an adapted intervention, based on the preliminary quantitative results and the outcome of the qualitative study



  • Literature study
  • Field visits
  • Follow-up through a guidance committee 



  • Make a contribution to theory development in the field of behaviour change
  • Contribute to the development of an effective HIV risk reduction program
  • PhD
Funding agencies: 
ICRH Belgium
Project status: 
Ends on: 
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Ends on: 
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Ends on: 
Thursday, July 26, 2012