Fit for Life, Fit for Work Success Story Documentation: The Fit for Life, Fit for Work Model Documentation of an integrated approach towards reducing sexual and reproductive health-related vulnerability in four South African communities
The Fit for Life, Fit for Work model integrates life-skills training, sexual and reproductive health information, work-readiness and support with placements in employment. The model’s innovative approach is proving both popular and very effective among those who have gone through the training. Due to the high unemployment rates in young people in South Africa, especially for those from poor communities, it is understandable that their immediate need for subsistence would take much higher priority for youth than concerns about their sexual and reproductive health and rights, and protecting themselves from HIV. Yet the high HIV prevalence, particularly among the economically active population (15-49 years) is a major challenge to national development which must be addressed.