Peer education for Migrant peer educators, October 2010

NARRATIVE REPORT

  • Background

By 31st December 2008 there are 80,839 registered migrant workers in the Maldives which is 26.11 percent of the local population. 239 of migrant workers have tested positive for HIV thus being deported as of May 2009.

The plight of most migrant workers in the Maldives is relatively poor. They fulfill jobs like serving in restaurants, hotels, as shop assistants, doing domestic household work, as workers maintaining roads and other buildings and most are associated as construction workers. The working hours in most cases are not stated by the employee/ recruiting agencies hence workers have to work long hours. In addition, due to their low income, they take in cheap labour such as throwing away garbage and working in other houses as cleaners, cooks, child carers etc.

The vulnerable groups specified for the risk of spreading HIV are youth, sex workers, MSM, IDU, resort workers, seafarers and migrant workers. Migrant workers come into this category as they have to work for long duration sometimes for months away from their families. Also a large number of people have to share the same room and bathroom, resulting in these lodging homes to be of minimal hygiene. Although few interventions have been administered to minimize the number of expatriates from coming for work to Maldives, much less actions have been formulated to ease their living and working conditions.

  • Why migrant workers?

As one of the activities for SHE, initially leaflets in multi languages have been produced and have been distributed to the respective communities. But just distributing leaflets is not effective when it comes to persuading oneself to change behaviour risking to HIV.

So Migrant workers are selected from different communities to conduct personal interactions with their peers, passing the message more effectively. They also have the responsibility of distributing the multi-lingual leaflets which were produced based on researches done previously. These leaflets are produced in Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Sinhalese and Nepalese. They would also be assigned to the task of giving away condoms, once after they are procured.

2.1 Selection of migrant peer educators.

The table shows how the migrant peer educators are selected:

No.

Name

Language

1

Prinyanka Wijerathne

Sinhalese

2

Ramesh Subedi

Napalese

3

Sumitra

Napalese

4

Masum

Bengali

5

Aashish

Bengali

6

Raaju

Tamil

7

Aslam

Malayalam

This selection is done based on the prevalence of the number of people representing a specific community and language present in the Maldives.

The “terms of reference” with the peer educator involves all the integral parts of the work involved from the period of outreach; from 1st October 2010 to the remuneration procedure.

.2          Criteria

2.2.1 the most prominent criteria understands English and the language for which a peer educator is chosen for. For example, a Bengali peer educator should understand both English and Bengali.

2.2.2 The peer educator has to be willing to participate in the programme and must be active in while conducting the outreach programme.

2.2.3 The peer educator should be a respected person by his/her community.

2.2.4 The Migrant peer educators have gone through the ToR thoroughly and has agreed o the terms listed in it.

2.3 Reporting Format

The peer educators are to report back in two formats. One is to enter the entire record for each interaction on a daily basis, the other one is reporting back each month after outreach work.

  • HIV education session for migrant peer educators

SUMMARY

The session was held in SHE meeting room on the 8th of October 2010, from 16:00hrs till 17:00hrs, and was conducted by Ms. Asna Luthfee (Programme Associate SHE/GF) and Ms. Mariyam Shifneeza (Programme Assistant, SHE/GF). A total of 7 peer educators were trained.

DESCRIPTION

To begin the session introductions were given. After introductions, facilitator gave a background of the Global Fund and Society for Health Education.

Next, basic information on HIV was given which included the routes of transmission of HIV, ways of prevention and the major misconceptions. The group discussed possible questions which the peers might ask and tackled them.

Then the group went on to discuss on the importance of having migrant peer educators to effectively reach the migrant population in the Maldives.

Following this, the facilitator went through the form, “daily migrant outreach log” and “migrant worker monthly overview”. The facilitator explained on how to fill the data per interaction.

Once the session was over, the outreach kit prepared was handed over to the participants and they signed the “terms of reference”. After which everyone enjoyed tea.

3.1 Constraints:

3.1.1 Difficult to find peer educators even after contacting the relevant high commissions in Male’.

3.1.2 Unable to locate peer educators from minimal level working areas, as they don’t understand English and as their heavy work load doesn’t  allow them to do anything extra.

 Observations and Recommendations:

  • Both the participants and the facilitators enjoyed the session, and the participants were quite interested in the subject area and much more enthusiastic on doing the outreach work.
  • Most peer educators already had the general idea of the work, as they were acquainted with existing peer educator team

Way forward

  • Monthly meetings with peer educators will be held to get their feedback and for them to hand over the daily forms and do the monthly reporting.

FINANCIAL REPORT

No

Detail

Allocated Budget (MRF)

Actuals (MRF)

Variance (MRF)

Reasons for Variance

SHE

GF

Other

1

Catering for Migrant Peer Educators training on

600.00

00.00

400.00

00.00

200.00

Catering was provided for 10 migrants

2

Purchasing of Migrant workers kit

1,913.00

00.00

1,250.00

00.00

663.00

3

Hall rent

1,300.00

00.00

0.00

00.00

1,300.00

This cost was not utilized as it was held at SHE.
TOTALS

3,813.00

00.00

1,650.00

00.00

2163.00

 

 

 

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