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
  • Over 4,000 parents are 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

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 (HOPE) 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 activity reaches youth in school through student advisory councils, membership clubs, education and entertainment (edutainment), debate, award schemes, holiday events, talents shows and sports. HOPE 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.


The President’s Emergency Plan for Aids Relief organized a poster contest on World AIDS Day 2012. The US Ambassador to Kenya presented awards to the national and global winners from Kenya. Among the nine awardees, four were from schools affiliated with the Healthy Outcome through Prevention Education activity.

Michelle Misiko is a nine-year-old student at Mashimoni Squatters Primary School in Kibera informal settlement, Nairobi. Her school is part of the HOPE activity. This is what she had to say about HOPE:

“HOPE has taught us a lot and has helped change the way most of us used to think about HIV/AIDS and about people with HIV/AIDS. Unlike before, the students are now willing to participate in the war against the disease without fear. People talk openly to others about how to protect themselves from the disease. Before the HOPE program, people were shy and did not want to attend the HIV/AIDS meetings. Now everybody enjoys and participates in the weekly meetings that happen every Thursday.”

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 February 2014

Last updated: April 07, 2014

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