National MSM Peer Education Curriculum Being Developed

Published: November 5, 2012

THE NATIONAL AIDS and STI Control Program (NASCOP), in collaboration with National Organization of Peer Educators (NOPE) and other partners implementing HIV interventions with Kenyan men-who-have-sex-with-men (MSM), are conducting a 6-day Training of Trainers for a Draft National Curriculum for HIV Peer Education with MSM in Machakos, from 5th—10th November 2012.

The one week training is part of a process to develop a comprehensive national MSM peer education curriculum that aims at building agency for sustainable safer sexual behavior among MSM in the country.

The over 20 participants will be expected to pilot the curriculum and give feedback on the training document, before it is reviewed and validated at a national NASCOP stakeholders meeting at a later date.

According to the NASCOP MARPS Program Manager, Dr George Githuka, "Recent surveys conducted in Kenya like the last Kenya AIDS Indicator Survey inform us that the HIV prevalence among MSM remains high as a result of social and structural drivers of vulnerability and high individual risk taking behavior."

He added, "Peer education, therefore, plays an important role in helping public health realize synergy and integration of rights and equity based approaches with risk and harm reduction interventions."

There is diverse representation of MSM health and rights organizations working with MSM in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, Thika, Kijabe and Nakuru, including groups working with MSM sex workers.

Ishtar MSM, SWOP, the University of Nairobi MARPS program, MPEG (Thika), Kijabe AIDS Relief, Hope WorldWide Kenya, KIPE (Kisumu), ICRH-K, KYDESA (Nakuru) and HOYMAS are represented by their various program managers and officers.

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