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MARCH Outcome Evaluation

With the exception of behavioral indicators, significant positive changes were associated with a moderate exposure (i.e. being moderately-exposed) to the MARCH for most of the indicators, suggesting that moderate exposure to the MARCH could have considerable positive effect on knowledge, attitude and psychosocial constructs relevant to the prevention of HIV/AIDS in these populations.

Regularly participating in the MARCH peer group discussions (i.e. being highly-exposed) resulted in a decrease (but not significantly) in the prevalence of both the lifetime as well as recent levels of sexual activity among the never married [in both of the sites]. While moderate exposure (i.e. moderately-exposed) to the MARCH appeared to have little or no effect on behavioral changes

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

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

The effect of the MARCH intervention is not uniform across varying socio-demographics [in both of the sites]. Whereas more positive changes were recorded among females, married and older participants than the other groups in Addis Ababa, it appeared that males were more likely than their female counterparts to have exhibited positive changes as a result of participating in the MARCH in West Hararghe.

Addis Ababa and West Hararghe

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