This program uses a hand-based mnemonic to teach five points - hope, identity, transmission, marriage, fidelity and family, and community– that correspond to HIV prevention and treatment information.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Here Bolo addresses the need for HIV education in Mali. Although HIV prevalence in Mali is low (1.7%), many Malians do not believe in HIV. Consequently, few get tested, so HIV prevalence in Mali may be higher than what is currently reported. Our solution is Here Bolo, an HIV peer education program that uses a mnemonic based on the fingers of the hand to teach five points - hope, identity, transmission, marriage, fidelity and family, and community to the Malian population.
How will this project solve this problem?
Here Bolo provides HIV education to the Sikoro community by performing in festivals and traveling door-to-door in Sikoro. Beginning in the summer of 2007, Here Bolo will also offer optional door-to-door HIV testing.
Potential Long Term Impact
Here Bolo benefits the Sikoro community by providing education, reducing stigma and increasing the number of people being tested and seeking treatment. It also provides peer educators with paid employment and great respected in the community.
Total Funding Received to Date: $260
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $260 . The original project funding goal was $10,000.