Protection for the lifecourse: Enhancing health, social and economic capabilities of highly vulnerable adolescents.
This presentation describes a project to improve functional capabilities of adolescents for building health, social, and economic assets for the lifecourse in a setting in rural KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, with high risks for HIV and STIs, teenage pregnancy and parenthood, school dropout, actual or potential loss of one or both parents, and lack of knowledge of further employment and training opportunities. It involved education about HIV and reproductive health; interventions to build and strengthen social networks and support; and financial education. Baseline findings were that: the group were vulnerable; protective factors included relative wealth, social support, belonging to a community organization, and having tried to start an income-generating activity; and factors that may increase risk included having no hope for the future, orphanhood and personal assets.
Presentation from the XXVI International Union for the Scientific Study of Population International Population Conference, Marrakech, Morocco, September 28, 2009.