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Development of a Co-Facilitator Training Programme to Conduct a Randomized Controlled Trial for a Health Promotion Programme at a Sub- Saharan African University

Heeren GA1,5, Batidzirai JM2,4, Marange CS2, Rumosa Gwaze A2, Tyler JC2 and X Mtose3

1Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA

2Department of Statistics, University of Fort Hare, Alice-5700, South Africa

3Department of Education, University of Fort Hare, East London-5201, South Africa

4Department of Statistics, University of KwaZulu Natal, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

5Saint Joseph’s University Department of Health Science, Post Hall 110, 5600 City Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131 USA

*Corresponding Author:
Heeren GA
Department of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA
United States of America
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Received date: Mar 20, 2016; Accepted date: May 11, 2016; Published date: May 20, 2016

Citation: Heeren GA, Batidzirai JM, Marange CS, Gwaze RA, TyleR JC, et al. (2016) Development of a Co-Facilitator Training Programme to Conduct a Randomized Controlled Trial for a Health Promotion Programme at a Sub-Saharan African University. J Health Edu Res Dev 4:173. doi:10.4172/2380-5439.1000173

Copyright: © 2016 Heeren GA, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



The unique benefits of employing peer educators as specially trained co-facilitators have become increasingly popular in HIV risk and health promotion interventions. While several independent studies use peer educators alongside trained specialists, this intervention used co-facilitators to implement a health promotion program for university students at a rural South African university. A total of 16 postgraduate students, were trained as cofacilitators. The co-facilitators were randomly assigned to either of two intervention groups, the health promotion intervention or the health risk reduction intervention. This resulted in two successful interventions that educated university students on practicing healthy lifestyles, which included healthy diets, fruits and vegetables, how to prepare meals, physical activity, limiting alcohol consumption, reducing the number of sexual partners, condom use, effects of STD’s and HIV/AIDS, prevention and abstinence.


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