Knowledge and understanding of an HIV/AIDS education workshop in a multinational organisation : an evaluation of the AIDS Champions workshop at Shell Southern Africa

Master Thesis


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University of Cape Town

HIV/AIDS poses a global medical epidemic threatening social and economic development in most developing countries. Sub-Saharan Africa currently bears the brunt of the epidemic with close to 30 million people infected with the disease. South Africa has the second fastest growing infection rates in the world as at December 2002. Currently no known cure for the disease exists. Interventions involve education and awareness programs and multiple therapy medical treatment. The aim of this thesis is to evaluate the perceptions and knowledge of participants at the Shell AIDS Champions workshop. The research used a triangulatory approach utilizing pre-test and post-test survey questionnaires group discussions, participant observation and semi-structured interviews. 22 participants from Shell Southern Africa and Easigas attended the workshop. Statistical techniques were applied to the questionnaire findings. Content analysis was used to analyse the qualitative data. Findings from the evaluation indicate that participant perceptions show agreement with current Shell policy on HIV/AIDS. The findings show that the major impact of the workshop was observed on the knowledge-based section of the evaluation. The results of the evaluation confirm that participant knowledge was increased through participation in the AIDS Champions workshop.

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