2014 | South Africa
Adapting evidence-based interventions to meet the needs of adolescents growing up with HIV in South Africa: the VUKA case example
The VUKA family program is one of the only evidence-based interventions to promote positive psychosocial outcomes in South African HIV-infected pre- and early adolescents and their families. In this paper, we discuss the collaborative process by which a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, researchers, counselors, and artists/educators and families adapted and developed VUKA for this population using community-based participatory research methods. We describe the intervention and explore lessons learned that may be applicable across contexts related to international collaboration and adapting evidence-based interventions so that they are likely to be acceptable, feasible, and effective in a given setting and country context.
Mellins, C.A., Nestadt, D., Bhana, A., Petersen, I., Abrams, E.J., Alicea, S., Host, H., Myeza, N., John, S., Small, L., & McKay, M. (2014). Adapting evidence-based interventions to meet the needs of adolescents growing up with HIV in South Africa: the VUKA case example. Global Social Welfare: Research Policy & Practice, 3, 97-110.