What is Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education?
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 is coordinating 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 meet that goal.
Who implements Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education?
National Organization for Peer Educators
Saint John’s Community Center
Kenya Girl Guides Association
Support for Addictions Prevention and Treatment in Africa
Project Duration and Budget
March 2012 – March 2016
Where does Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education work?
The project targets approximately 400 primary and secondary schools in the informal urban settlements Nairobi and its environs.
What does Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education do?
Over half of Nairobi’s population lives in areas characterized by high poverty, insecurity, poor health outcomes, substance abuse, and low levels of education. This environment has a negative effect on young people, particularly girls, making them more vulnerable to HIV infection, and sexual and gender-based violence.
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 activity reaches youth in school through student advisory councils, membership clubs, education and entertainment (edutainment), debate, award schemes, holiday events, talents shows and sports. Out-of-school youth are reached through a variety of 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.
How is Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education making a difference?
Best practices from other USAID HIV/AIDS prevention and outreach activities are regularly incorporated into Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education’s approaches. Between April and June 2013, the activity accomplished the following:
To date, a total of 187 primary and secondary school teachers have received training on Life Skills Education, which met Ministry of Education, Science and Technology standards. These teachers will, in turn, train additional teachers within their schools.
543 peer educators were selected and trained to conduct individual and/or small group, evidence-based, preventive interventions.
Eight peer-to-peer events were conducted focusing on HIV and alcohol/drug abuse prevention, healthy relationships, life skills and sexual and reproductive health. Through these events, Healthy Outcomes through Prevention Education reached 1,323 students with key prevention messages.
Since the activity began, 2,161parents received skills-based training on parental empowerment skills.
What challenges does Healthy Outcomes for Prevention Education face?
Working in Nairobi’s urban areas and its informal settlements requires sensitivity to the ethnic make-up of the residents, use of different languages (traditional and regional dialects and widespread use of sheng slang), cultural practices, and other factors that can create specific challenges and opportunities for the implementation of HIV/AIDS projects.
The project builds on their extensive experience and knowledge of the special needs of the informal settlements to ensure that relationships are fostered for long term sustainability.
For more information:
Betty Adera, Chief of Party
CHF International Kenya
Tel : +254 (20) 210 1312/3
Irene Muriuki, Activity Manager
Office of Education and Youth
Tel: +254 20 862 2000
Updated August 2013
Last updated: September 17, 2013