Education  Mali Project #17568

Teen Peer Education in Mali

by GAIA Vaccine Foundation
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Teen Peer Education in Mali
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Teen Peer Education in Mali
Nov 16, 2022

How Education Can Change the Future

Teenagers in Mali are one of the most at risk groups for contracting HIV. Therefore, focusing a detailed educational course on infectious disease prevention on this particular group is vital to reducing the number of teens who become HIV positive. Peer education has been a proven method for raising awareness amongst the teenagers, which in turn lessens the amount of teens who may contract HIV.

Among teenagers, young women are the most at risk for becoming HIV positive. Combined with having to live with a debilitating autoimmune disease, these adolescent girls also risk teenage pregnancy, which could potentially pair with a lack of financial support or having to cut their education short. 

The implementation of the Teen Peer Education Program was proven to raise awareness of HIV and how to prevent the spread as well as protect oneself from the virus. This program uses teenage educators hired through local partners in Bamako, Mali to teach at-risk adolescents in an engaging way. These teenage educators have training from HIV educators, and work to create interactive communication tools to reach the youth. 

These discussions occur weekly and also include a sexual education course. At each session, condoms and HIV testing is made readily available. By hosting these teen peer discussions, adolescents both in school and not are able to attend and have an open conversation. Over time, this program aims to drastically reduce the number of teens who become HIV positive in the Sikoro community. For only $10, you would be supporting two teens in attending an education session. For $20, you would be paying for four teens to attend these sessions. For only $50, you would be covering the salary of a peer educator, who works so diligently to help reach the young population and prevent the spread of HIV. Your donations are vital in continuing this program, which has the hopes of minimizing the number of teens from contracting HIV.

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GAIA Vaccine Foundation

Location: Providence, RI - USA
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