Here Bolo An HIV Peer Education Program



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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $260

Funding Information

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).


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Thanks to 2 donors like you, a total of $260 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Project Leader

Madeline DiLorenzo

American Coordinator, Here Bolo Program; Student D
Providence, RI United States

Where is this project located?

Mali   Health
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