Peer education is a strategy, tool, or communication channel used by people who share similar ages, backgrounds, and interests, to communicate messages. While it can be used for a variety of age groups and populations for various goals, peer education has been widely used as one approach in behaviour change communication components of pregnancy, STI, and HIV prevention programs for youth worldwide. Youth peer education programs educate and train motivated young people about reproductive health and HIV issues to become “peer educators” so that they are able to communicate these messages to their peers. Such programs sometimes occur in conjunction with other approaches such as mass media campaigns, youth-friendly services, and school-based programs. The overall objective is to help youth develop the knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and skills required to engage in healthy behaviours.
Youth & peer educator department is PHQ based, which creates awareness & consciousness regarding health issues particularly communicable diseases such as HIV/Aids, hepatitis, TB, Swine Flu, influenza etc. Its fundamental objective is to keep aware the General public specifically by targeting youth about the hazards of communicable diseases.
Department integrated by three vital components:
1. Peer Educators;
2. Youth Coordinators;
3. Participants in focus groups
Youth Peer educators proceeds through targeting youth in schools, colleges & communities by awareness trainings (YPEs) & Anti-Stigma programmes.
Youth staff involvement in client outreach, program management, and other psychosocial interventions play a key role in the development and delivery of HIV services. They all have identified youth involvement in the development and delivery of program services as being key to ensuring that young clients utilize more services, such as HIV testing and referrals to medical or psychosocial services.
Youth have contributed to developing and providing a program that is sensitive to the needs of young people in a youth-friendly environment. Youth are involved in developing and implementing outreach and retention services, providing trainings to agencies on youth issues, and improving clinical environment.
PRCS Sindh Branch has organized health walks, seminars with collaboration of health & police department which disseminate awareness to a number of people.
PRCS Sindh Branch and associated district branches have conducted many HIV/Aids & other communicable diseases programmes sessions through BHUs, at community level, at schools successfully sensitized more than 50,000 community people (Where target group was Parents, students, teachers).
For further information, contact with:
Dr. Syed Muhammad Khan