Client: Marie Stopes South Africa
Duration: April – July 2012
Maries Stopes South Africa (MSSA) called for an end of contract evaluation of a 5-year project funded by the European Commission (EC). The purpose of the Grant was to increase equitable access to HIV and AIDS information and services through a comprehensive SRHR programme in 8 provinces, and to add 6 new RH clinics in Limpopo and KwaZulu-Natal. These clinics aimed to offer a full range of free and affordable SRH services for poor and vulnerable women and men, with an emphasis on integrated HIV preventative services.
Project Name: Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR)
Client: Maries Stopes South Africa
Project Duration: April – July 2012
Sector: Health, Non-profit
Service provided: Evaluation, Research
– Conducted an evaluation of services and activities undertaken, and considered their relevance, effectiveness, efficiency, impact and sustainability.
– The primary focus of the evaluation was on the six EC centres established during the Grant. A secondary focus was the integration of HIV into the SRH services of MSSA.
Our Approach: CC&DW implemented a mixed-method approach combining both quantitative and qualitative data collection techniques that incorporated a desktop review, routine data collection, key informant interviews, beneficiary satisfaction surveys, and on site observations.
Value: The evaluation found that 6 EC centres were established in 2008, and delivered high quality free of charge SRH and HIV and AIDS services that responded to the needs of the community. From 2008 – 2012, a total of 167 947 clients visited the 6 centres; 10 309 were provided with STI diagnosis and HIV treatment services, 29 530 tested for HIV, 61 020 accessed contraceptive injections, which translated into 119 285 couple years of protection and exceeded all EC service targets. On site services were complemented by 12 Community Based Educators (CBEs), who implemented awareness and behaviour change communication campaigns in the surrounding community.
The integration of HIV and AIDS services into the existing SRH service platform of MSSA was found to be a natural and relevant extension. MSSA offered free HIV Counselling and Testing in all 33 MSSA trained MSSA staff. Medical Male Circumcision services offered in KwaZulu-Natal were well received by men. Overall the evaluation recommended that all services continue.
CC&DW also produced CHOICE, a magazine that would be distributed to other Marie Stopes services across the World, that showcased the work of MSSA under this grant.