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MARCH Outcome Evaluation

friends in the year preceding the survey increased from 33.5% among the non-exposed to 58.2% and 77.5%, respectively,  among the moderately-and highly-exposed respondents of West Hararghe. Likewise, the corresponding figures for the discussion with sexual partners ranged from 30.0% among the non-exposed to 46.7% and 66.7%, respectively, among the moderately-and highly-exposed respondents. A stratified analysis by selected socio-demographics (Figure 8) pointed to the fact that the observed association between exposure to the MARCH and the incidence of discussing/taking with friends/partners in West Hararghe was not altered by the socio-demographic characteristics of respondents.

Although the incidence of having discussion with friends and sexual partners is in general lower among the non-exposed West Harargheians, as compared to the non-exposed Addis Ababians (33.5% and 59.8%, respectively, for discussion with friends; and 30% and 41.5%, respectively, for the discussion with sexual partners), these differences between the two population had in fact reversed for the highly-exposed respondents (70.3% and 77.5%, respectively, for discussion with friends; and 40.5% and 66.7%, respectively, for the discussion with sexual partners).  This finding clearly signals the success of the MARCH intervention in promoting open communication and dialogue regarding HIV/AIDS and sexual health among its target audiences in West Hararghe. It is, however, unknown as to why the level of communication and openness on issues relevant to HIV/AIDS and sexual matters has not been significantly influenced by the MARCH in Addis Ababa.  

Addis Ababa and West Hararghe

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