PEER EDUCATOR

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PEER EDUCATORS

Wadadia has 20 and active peer educators  trained with Aphia Plus through KANCO targeting Female sex workers, the peer educators are working in different hot spots identified in Mumias, Matungu and Khwisero district, all the peer educators conduct peer education and outreach with the peers that follow national standards in order to be counted as reached, this is to ensure that participants gain knowledge and demonstrate needed skills, and that referrals made are in fact effective, and show specific behavioral outcome

The peer educators also carry out small group HIV prevention interventions typically which include two or more sessions, although each intervention may vary, participants must complete the required number of interventions in order to be counted as reached, this is to ensure that participants gain the knowledge gain and demonstrate needed skills, refferls made are in fact effective and demonstrate specific behavioral outcomes, in small group the peers are taken through a four session series which covers a specific topic in which participants are taken through the 4 steps of the risk reduction cycle

Some of the intervention registered by the peer educators includes,

-HIV prevention                                            -HIV &STIs                                -HIV & Reproductive health

-HIV & Sexual/gender based violence    -HIV &Alcohol & drug              -HIV &Maternal Health

-HIV &Empowerment                                 -HIV & Malaria                        -HIV &Economic strengthening

-HIV & Community activism                  -HIV &Mental Health                  -Care and Support

-PMTCT

Risk assessment helps the peers to determine the discussions that the peer needs to have to arrive at the root cause of the risk, this risk could be behavioral or situational, the risk reduction option and strategy depends on; the most effective or high impact prevention intervention and the contextual issues that might call for structural interventions, the peer educators helps the peers to understand and internalize the sources of their risk and navigate through risk reduction options.

They make their peers understand that they are at risk, what puts them at risk and what they can do to reduce or eliminate these risks factors, risk assessment helps them to conduct risk assessment for HIV, it also helps them to uncover risks arising from sexual and gender based violence, to count the client as being reached, the peers educators ensures that the peers complete risk assessment and have risk reduction plan.

The peers educators makes sure that after initial enrollment and the first risk assessment is done, they conduct a Check in visit or follow up at minimum every 3 months, During a check –in visit, a new risk assessment is carried out and new risk reduction plan developed, the date of the check in visit is recorded, the peer educators ensures that they always discuss the progress of their peers by reviewing the old plan, develop a new plan based on their view of the old plan and current situation

Some of the Risky behaviors identified by the peers’ educators include;

    • Unprotected sex with partner of unknown status
    • Casual unprotected sex(with multiple partners or paying client )
    • Delayed treatment for STIS
    • Alcohol consumption
    • Drug use
    • Occupational hazards or the exposures to bodily fluids
    • Sexual and Gender based violence

PEER EDUCATORS

The peers educators are linked to various health facilities where they refer their peers, and every referral is tracked and recorded, the following are some of the referral being tracked by the peer educators

-HTC-HIV counseling and testing         -STI-Screening for sexually transmitted diseases

-VMMC-Voluntary Male Circumcision       -TB- Tuberculosis screening

-CVCX-Cervical screening                            – EC/FP-Emergency Contraception/Family planning

-GBV-Rape care PEP, Post rape counseling, etc       -A&D –Alcohol &drug counseling

-PSS-Psycho-social support services                             -FSS-Family & social services

-LA-Legal Aid

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