PEER to PEER VOICE
The KYU peer educator project started in September 2002 as community initiative by a group of student volunteers supported by the University to initially address the problems of young people such as unwanted pregnancies, post abortion stress, HIV/AIDS/STIs and drug and substance abuse among others. With guidance of the Office of the Dean of Students and being coordinated by the Director Health Services, the group is charged with the responsibility of building the capacity of students in making health enhancing life choices by providing a peer-focused method of information provision and dissemination.
To build the capacity of student volunteers with a mission to:
â€¢ Adopt and promote positive behavior and lifestyle.
â€¢ Empower student volunteers with communication skills in reproductive health and development
â€¢ To contribute to reduction of vulnerability to HIV/AIDS among young people in the University community.
o Dissemination of Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) materials
o Room â€“to- room visits & Hostel visits
o Health education talks, debates and discussion & participation in Radio talk shows
o Mobilization of the community to utilize Health Services
o Promotion of networking with other youth HIV/AIDS focused organizations
o Participation in orientation week, national and global health events
1. Reproductive Health (RH) activities and services have been availed through training of Student Volunteers.
2. Increased knowledge and more responsible and mature attitudes towards sexuality among the Peer Educators
3. Due to ongoing mobilization by peer educators VCT & Anti-Retroviral therapy services has been fully integrated in the existing health services
â€¢ Aids Information Centre (AIC)
â€¢ Uganda Aids Commission(UAC)
â€¢ Alliance of Mayors Initiative Community Action on AIDS at Local Level (AMICAALL Uganda Chapter)
â€¢ Population Services International (PSI)
o Very few peer educators in relation to the student population and diversity of campus (6 peer educators: 1000students)
o Student populations are transient therefore there is a need to continue training student volunteers to replace the ones leaving on completion of their studies.
o Lack of youth friendly services limit utilization by young people.
â€¢ Setting up a drop-in information center to cater for reproductive health needs of the young people in the university and surrounding community
â€¢ To strengthen capacity of young people through continued training of peer educators
â€¢ To scale up networking with government and non-government organizations to improve delivery of youth health related services in the community.