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An implementation evaluation of a voluntary counselling and testing programme for the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Tarryn N. Anderson, Joha Louw-Potgieter
SA Journal of Industrial Psychology | Vol 38, No 1 | a944 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/sajip.v38i1.944 | © 2012 Tarryn N. Anderson, Joha Louw-Potgieter | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 18 November 2010 | Published: 17 July 2012

About the author(s)

Tarryn N. Anderson, University of Cape Town, South Africa
Joha Louw-Potgieter, University of Cape Town, South Africa


Orientation: Employee wellness programmes have become standard interventions in most organisations. In South Africa, these programmes invariably contain an element to address the problem of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) in the workplace.

Research purpose: The purpose of this evaluation was to assess whether or not a Voluntary Counselling and Testing (VCT) programme for HIV and AIDS, at a South African university, was implemented as intended.

Motivation for the study: The evaluators were motivated to explore indications in the existing literature about these programmes that participants in VCT programmes are often not the intended target population who live a high risk lifestyle.

Research design, approach and method: A descriptive design was used to evaluate service utlisation, service delivery and organisational support. Questionnaire data from 285 respondents who participated in the programme and programme records supplied by the programme staff were consulted to answer the evaluation questions.

Main findings: The evaluation showed that the highest uptake for the programme occurred amongst female students. The low uptake amongst men was a concern. It was found that the programme was delivered as intended and that there were enough resources to implement it according to standards set.

Practical/managerial implications: The systematic report on the programme process provided the programme managers with practical suggestions for programme improvement.

Contribution/value-add: This was the first implementation evaluation of a VCT programme in a South African university context. As such it aimed to educate programme managers to think evaluatively about introducing new or continuing existing programmes.


implementation evaluation; implementation fidelity; HIV/Aids in the workplace; occupational health; voluntary testing and counselling


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