Peer Education and Services
Peer Educators play a key role in implementing this project. Following intensive training, they go to the villages in pairs to identify AGYW, FSW, PLHIV and PWD with the support from village leaders, Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) and through word of mouth. They also visit “hot-spots” such as the cattle market, flower plantations and markets where men gather and seek the services of sex workers so they can target both FSW and partners of FSW. Peer Educators then provide peer training over a number of sessions so that the key beneficiaries are well informed about important issues such as HIV prevention, family planning, what HIV testing could do for them and who to report Gender Based Violence to. Peer Educators also accompany the key beneficiaries to these services.
This project also provides mobile STI and voluntary HIV counselling and testing (VCT) services as well as referral to dispensaries if treatment is necessary. Only 4% of the 126 women and girls interviewed report to always use a condom whilst 47% of women state they have had no access to information regarding STIs and HIV.