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MARCH Outcome Evaluation

indicators was lower for the highly-exposed outcome survey respondents (19.1% and 19.1%, respectively) when compared with that of the baseline (33.3% and 24%, respectively).

The MARCH intervention resulted in an increasing use of condom (though not significantly) [in Addis Ababa]

Condom use during last sex was reported by 59.2% and 76.2% of the recently sexually-active non-exposed and exposed (moderately/highly-exposed) never married respondents, respectively.

Condom use did not show any significant trend when figures are compared between the baseline and the non-exposed outcome survey respondents of Addis Ababa. However, a modest increase in condom use was noted when the baseline figures (69.8%, 61.5% and 69.2%  for the total, males and females, respectively) were compared with figures of outcome respondents who were either moderately-or highly-exposed to the MARCH (76.2%, 75% and 78.6%, respectively).  

Respondents reported that they had adopted safer sex behavior, as a result of participating in the MARCH [in both of the sites]

About 81% and 28% of the never/not currently married and currently married respondents from Addis Ababa, respectively, reported that they took at least one action as a result of participating in the MARCH.

Overall, about a quarter of the respondents from West Hararghe reported that they had taken at least one action as a result of participating in the MARCH (24.2% of the never/not currently married and 24.8% of the currently married).

The action most commonly reported by never/not currently married respondents include the decision to always use condom, to abstain, to use condom more frequently, to limit oneself to one sexual partner and to reduce the number of sexual partners. In contrast, the most frequently mentioned action taken by the married respondents were limiting to one sexual partner (i.e. faithfulness to partner). Few reported that they had begun to use condom more frequently and reduced the number of partners, as a result of participating in the MARCH.     

Addis Ababa and West Hararghe

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