Outreach programme for Migrant workers, 2010

Narrative Report

Implementation

15 Migrant Peer Educators are trained and recruited to implement outreach to other migrant workers and resort workers through interpersonal/group session and education sessions. The half day training was to educate and train the migrant peers in HIV/AIDS transmission, prevention and the common misconceptions and effective communication skills to relay these messages to the migrant worker target populations.

SHE GF Team has divided up the 15 Migrant Outreach Workers into the multiple language categories of the migrant nationalities in Maldives. The 15 Outreach Workers are denominated into 3 Bengali speakers, 6 Indian Speakers of which 2 are Tamil Speakers, 3 Telugu Speakers and 1 Hindi Speaker, 2 Sri-Lankans of which one is Tamil and the other is Singhalese speaker and 2 Nepali Speakers.

These Migrant workers are recruited through clubs and associations and also through schools using Expressions of Interest. TORs are signed with the migrant peers recruited. The TORs will state strict guidelines, payment procedures and reporting criteria which the migrant peers are to follow.

The recruited migrant peer educators workers are supplied with outreach kits which included;

A file

Bag

Stationery

Handouts for sessions

Leaflets/Printed Media

The migrant peers are also to be consulted and trained in providing reporting documents throughout the outreach period. The reporting format is to be developed during the training and is to include monthly reporting forms; one form that is filled out for each target person by the migrant peers (includes outreach type, feedback, condom distributed or not) and one “collective report” form that is an overview of all outreach done during the past month.

As per the Y3 Workplan, each month, SHE-GF team has to facilitate a meeting with the recruited migrant peer educators to monitor and evaluate the outreach work they have implemented and pay stipend as per the agreed ToR.

Meeting 1:

This meeting was held to monitor the outreach work done by the migrant peer educators through the reporting period of 22nd Jan 2010 – 22nd Feb 2010.

The meeting was arranged for the 5th March 2010 in the SHE board room from 16:00 to 17:30hrs. 9 members of the peer educators were present for the meeting.

First the peer educators gave a feed back about their outreach work. Overall, they didn’t have much difficulty except for the time constraint factor as they have tight schedules at work already. And as most of them experienced, they need quite a lot of time to effectively communicate with the peers.

Some of the observations/ recommendations are:

To arrange distribution of condoms; lot of peers are asking for them.

Most of the peer educators observed that many expatriates are involved in high risk behaviours such as having sex with sex workers. And as they receive VCT information from the peer educators they are keen to get tested.

Meeting 2:

The second monitoring of outreach work done by the migrant workers was conducted on the 2nd April 2010 from 16:00 to 17:30hrs in the meeting room of SHE. A total of 14 peers were present at the meeting, from where 3 members were new comers to the group. The new members to the group are Mohamed Eyahya, Collin Victor and Mohamed Hamayan Kabir. Mr.Eyahya has already started doing outreach work in the month of March by getting the relevant information before hand.

Some of the observations/ recommendations are:

To arrange distribution of condoms; lot of peers are asking for them.

They would like to arrange special sessions for a number of their peers where they could facilitate themselves, but time is the constraining factor for this activity.

Lot of the migrant workers asked about VCT and the peers have referred them to the centers.

Meeting 3:

The third monitoring of outreach work done by the migrant workers was conducted on the 7th May 2010 from 16:00 to 18:15hrs in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 14 peers were present at the meeting, from where 1 member – Mr.Wadoodh was a new comer to the group.

For the benefit of the new member, Asna Luthfee, Programme Associate; did the presentation of “Migrant peer educator’s session” and explained the role of the peer educator in detail. In order attain a more collaborative work, these 14 migrant peer educators were divided into 2 groups and were asked to discuss and point out the challenges they experience while implementing outreach work and also to suggest recommendations to overcome the challenges that they experience

Common Challenges both groups of Migrant Peer Educators experiencing are:

It is difficult to communicate with women, as most of them are shy and reluctant to talk on openly on such matters.

These Migrant peer educators have a very tight working schedule and they only could meet their natives only on Fridays.

Some of the Migrant Peer Educators would like to communicate with their colleagues within the workplace but it is difficult to do so.

Some of the Migrant Peers experience that people are tired and buried with personal problems and they aren’t ready enough to involve in these information session and etc.

Common Recommendations both groups of Migrant Peer Educators suggested are:

Appoint more female Migrant Peer Educators and meet them on regular basis and have a fellowship with them.

Assure the people that this programme is to educate about the preventive measures that they may face, and that it is wise to have the information in hand.

To arrange distribution of condoms.

They would like to arrange special sessions within an enjoyable environment like festivals. So that more people would be attracted.

Lot of the migrant workers asked about VCT and the peers have referred them to the centers.

Moreover, besides implementing outreach work, migrant Peer Educators has distributed 1139 leaflets among their populations.

Meeting the Mapping team : 04 members from core mapping team i.e. Aminath Nawal, Aisth Zahira, Fathina Ahmed Khaleel and Dr.Ibrahim Solah Shareef joined the meeting. Ms. Aminath Nawal gave an insight about their mapping exercise and requested the migrants to notify them about any key informants who are very much aware about the risky behaviors within their population. Furthermore, the group assured the members that this exercise will not attempt to penalize such activity moreover, to identify and address to those facts and to create a preventive environment among the population.

Meeting 4:

The fourth meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 4th of June 2010 from 4pm to 6pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 12 peers were present at the meeting. Programme Associate, Asna Luthfee introduced the newly recruited team member, Mariyam Shifneeza, to the peer educators and for the benefit of her all peer educators introduced themselves.

Mariyam Shifneeza initiated the meeting by conducting a quiz session on HIV/AIDS. For this session the peer educators were divided into 2 groups. Each group was asked a question about HIV, for which they discussed amongst their group members and presented the answer.

The second session of the meeting was brainstorming on the activities to be held on the AIDS day. Programme Associate, Asna Luthfee explained to the group that to celebrate this year’s AIDS day S.H.E is planning to conduct a Migrant Health Fair. The peer educators were divided into 2 groups and each group was given sheets and markers. The groups discussed and brainstormed on ideas such as the date most suitable to hold the event, activities, the organizations which can participate in the event and other ideas.

After the groups completed the work each group presented their ideas. Some of the ideas included stage shows, food festivals, traditional shows, free doctor consultations, body building, lectures from health professionals, blood donation stalls, sports games…etc.

Both groups decided that the most suitable time to hold the event is the beginning of October as most migrants leave for holidays by November and December. They also suggested that the event to be held on a Friday from 2:00pm to 9:00 pm.

In addition, the migrant Peer Educators has distributed 1040 leaflets among their populations.

Meeting 5:

The fifth meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 2nd of July 2010 from 4pm to 6pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 10 peers were present at the meeting.

First the peer educators gave a feed back about their outreach work. Overall, they didn’t have much difficulty except for the time constraint factor as they have tight schedules at work already. And as most of them experienced, they need quite a lot of time to effectively communicate with the peers.

Some of the observations/ recommendations are:

Most migrants want to undergo the VCT testing as they receive the information from the peers.

To train more female Peer Educators.

 To arrange distribution of condoms; lot of peers are asking for them.

The migrant Peer Educators has distributed 782 leaflets among their populations.

 6th meeting

The sixth meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 6th of August 2010 from 4pm to 6pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 11 peers were present at the meeting.

To start the meeting with, Ms. Shifneeza asked if there are any problems they want to discuss about. Some peer educators asked about condoms. To this Ms. Shifneeza replied that the condoms have been received from UNDP. They will be given for distribution on the next meeting. They also inquired about the female peer educators, as it is very difficult to reach the female migrant population.

Ms. Shifneeza inquired whether anyone has acquired names of people who are interested in becoming a peer educators and joining the group in the next year. Mr. Afroz Khan submitted 3 names; 2 Malayalam and 1 Tamil person.

7th meeting

The seventh meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 3rd of September 2010 from 9pm to 11pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 10 peers were present at the meeting.

The meeting was initiated by Ms. Asna Luthfee. She inquired about the progress of the Migrant Peer Education Programme for the reporting period. All peer educators gave a feed back about their outreach work. There was no difficulty, however, some migrants were continuously inquiring about VCT. Ms. Shifneeza informed the peer educators that VCT service will be staring this month, so they can start referring the migrants to SHE to test for HIV.

Next, Ms. Asna informed the peer educators that condoms will be provide to them for distribution among the migrant population.  She also inquired from the team an estimate number to be given for distribution.

The peer educators discussed among themselves and it was decided that 50-75 condoms per peer educator would be fine initially, so that they can find out the need for condoms amongst the migrant population during the next reporting period. With this conclusion the condoms were distributed. A total of 864 condoms were provided for 11 peer educators.

Next, the peer educators submitted their work.

8th meeting

The eight meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 1st October 2010 from 4:00 -6.00 pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 10 peers were present at the meeting.

The meeting was initiated by Ms. Asna Luthfee. She inquired about the progress of the Migrant Peer Education Programme for the reporting period and whether there were any inquiries. The peer educators inquired regarding the training of new peer educators for year 4. Ms. Asna informed all peers that the contacts which were provided by all peer educators will be contacted during the upcoming week, and their training will also be held on the 8th of October 2010.

Next, the peer educators’ submitted their work.

9th meeting

The eight meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 5th of November 2010 from 4:00 -6.00 pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 16 peers were present at the meeting.

This is the first reporting meeting held for the Year 4 of the project. Some of the old and new peer educators were present in this meeting. Since this was the first time they were getting acquainted since, everyone introduced themselves.

Afterwards, the old peer educators were given the TOR’s for year 4, which they signed.

Next, the peer educators’ submitted their work.

After tea break they carried on to share the experiences which they had during the past year. This helped the new peer educators to get an idea of the implementation process as well.

The peer educators also made inquires on whether they will be able to get an identification badge or a card which they can use when they are doing the outreach work. This is due to the reason that sometimes government officials or even peers question them during the work. There comes times when they have to explain or show the TOR’s which they have signed with SHE. However, it will not be possible to carry around the TOR’s with them every time they go to do the outreach work.

The peer educators were informed that, the matter will be discussed with UNDP and an answer will be given to them by next meeting.

10th meeting

The Tenth meeting to monitor the outreach work done by migrant workers was conducted on the 10th of December 2010 from 4:00 -6.00 pm in the meeting room of S.H.E. A total of 10 peers were present at the meeting.

This is the 2nd reporting meeting held for the Year 4 of the project. Some of the old and new peer educators were present in this meeting.

First of all, all peer educators submitted their work.

 

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