Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education

Funding Level:
US $6.3 million

March 2012 – March 2016

Activity Goals:

  • Train primary and secondary school teachers on Life Skills Education, which meets Ministry of Education, Science and Technology standards
  • Train peer educators to lead discussions on HIV and alcohol/drug abuse prevention, healthy relationships, life skills and sexual and reproductive health
  • Provide skills-based empowerment trainings to parents

Activity Accomplishments:

  • 187 primary and secondary school teachers received training on Life Skills Education
  • More than 4,000 parents now equipped to discuss sensitive issues with their children
  • Reached 130 administrators and officials at national level in 2013 on the content of the revised Education Sector Policy
  • More than 606 peer educators trained using participatory methodologies with 586 peer education sessions conducted
  • 66 school clubs established to facilitate peer education activities

Key Partners:
Ministry of Education Science and Technology and Ministry of Health, which includes the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development and the Teacher Service Commission.

Other partners include:

  • Global Communities
  • National Organization for Peer Educators
    Saint John’s Community Center
  • Kenya Girl Guides Association
  • Support for Addictions Prevention and Treatment in Africa

Activity Location:

Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education uses peer education and community-based interventions to educate young people about HIV/AIDS and encourage healthy behavior. The activity coordinates with the Ministry of Education to promote and strengthen the Ministry’s Sector Policy on HIV/AIDS and build the capacity of the County Education Offices to implement the policy nationwide.

The Governments of Kenya and the United States share the goal of an AIDS-free generation, and Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education is helping Kenya to meet that goal.

Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education works with formal and non-formal primary schools across Nairobi, and the surrounding communities, to carry out peer-education activities. Teachers integrate life skills and HIV prevention education into the classroom curricula. Parents and community members are encouraged to be active in school-health activities. The project reaches youth in school through student advisory councils, membership clubs, education and entertainment (edutainment), debate, award schemes, holiday events, talents shows and sports. The activity helps reach out-of-school youth through partner organizations, including Youth Action for Change, Youth Peer Education Network, and G-Pange. These youth are encouraged to participate in volunteer and internship opportunities.

Ashley (below), age 12 from St. Teresa’s Girls Primary-Nairobi, is a peer educator with the USAID Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education  activity, which seeks to improve the HIV and AIDS knowledge, attitudes and practices of primary and secondary students.

“Peer education has made me responsible. Before, the peer education training, I did not know how to cope with my age mates. After the training, I realized the value of the people in my life and how to relate to them better. I felt a new me coming out. I was able to be a kind, loving, supporting and cheerful person,” Ashely explained.

Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education uses peer-to-peer interventions to help prevent the spread of HIV and AIDS among students and promote healthy behavior. It works within Nairobi County and the surrounding region, with a focus on informal settlements.

“The positive side of being a peer educator is that you get to mentor your peers. When others ask questions and share with you, you feel more useful, loved and trusted,” Ashely added.

In 2013, Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education reached 11,427 people through individual and small-group prevention interventions designed to increase knowledge and best practices around HIV/AIDS.

USAID Contact:
Irene Muriuki, Activity Manager
Office of Education and Youth
Tel: +254 20 862 2000

Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education Contact:
Betty Adera, Chief of Party
CHF International Kenya
Tel: +254 (20) 210 1312/3


Updated April 2014


Last updated: June 04, 2014

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