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A “ Youth Multi-function Centre” in the Free State: An alternative to clinic-based HIV/AIDS prevention and care

C Heunis
Curationis | Vol 23, No 4 | a741 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v23i4.741 | © 2000 C Heunis | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 2000 | Published: 27 September 2000

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C Heunis, Centre for health systems research & development, UOFS, South Africa

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Abstract

The youth are especially vulnerable to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in South Africa. In the Free State (second highest incidence of HIV/AIDS among the provinces), the Welkom-Goldfields area may for various reasons be singled out as a high risk area for HIV/AIDS which should receive priority attention in attempts to combat the disease. It is suggested that a Youth Multi-function Centre would place youth reproductive health care in the broader development and life skills arena - where it could be thought to rightfully belong. The objectives of the paper are to depict the rationale for a Youth Multi-function Centre, to broadly conceptualise a Youth Multi-function Centre, and to report on the process and methodology followed in an attempt to actually establish such a centre in Thabong/Welkom.

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