In 2006, PEPFAR/USAID asked HSPH to develop an intervention for orphans and vulnerable children (OVC) to deliver prevention education and psychosocial support that would be more user-friendly and affordable than existing models.
Out of this process a South African NGO called Health Education Training and Technical Services (HETTAS) was established. They began to develop and test a structured curriculum-based programme called Vhutshilo (Venda for “Life”).
Training materials and M&E tools were designed to support both curricula, and the experiences and recommendations of partners fed into a continuous improvement process.
These curricula were extensively re-worked during 2015 and 2016 and Vhutshilo 3 was developed during this time as well.
- For youth aged 10-13.
- 13 sessions
- Covers areas like finding support, making good decisions, adolescent changes and how to cope with them.
Click here to go to Vhutshilo 1
- For youth aged 14-18.
- 16 sessions
- Covers areas like gender and gender violence, having healthy relationships, learning about contraceptive methods and how to negotiate
Click here to go to Vhutshilo 2
- For HIV positive youth aged 14-18.
- 14 sessions
- Covers areas like dealing with grief and loss, the importance of having a support group, dealing with stigma and discrimination and the importance off living according to one's values.
Click here to go to Vhutshilo 3