24 Sep Peer Education on HIV and AIDS Stigma and Discrimination and Behavior Change
HIV and AIDS Communication and Stigma
Youth in schools and colleges were trained to become peer counsellors and communicators in Nakuru diocese. One important challenge was that some teachers found it hard to talk to their students about sex education since their culture does not allow parents and children to share information on sexual matters or even HIV&AIDS. 14 of the schools that participated have established peer education and communication clubs. There is a reduced generation gap among teachers, students, parents and their children. Reduced incidences of feminisation of HIV/AIDS; more information exchange on HIV & AIDS. ‘Main achievement: After the programme, a group of women came out to openly declare their status and seek assistance from the diocese.’ Direct beneficiaries: Youth from 28 secondary, tertiary and upper primary (age bracket 14-25): girls and boys; 54 teachers. Indirect beneficiaries: the wider community. The project has an ecumenical perspective.