Migrant Peer Educator Training session 2011

NARRATIVE REPORT

By 31 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 cares etc.The vulnerable groups specified for the risk of spreading HIV are youth, sexworkers,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 mininimal 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.

 1. WHY MIGRANT PEER EDUCATORS

 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 behavior 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 distribution of condoms.

 2.  SELECTION OF PEER EDUCATORS

An expression of interest was developed and distributed among the migrant population. Within the outreach programme, it was identified that female population was reached less compared to male population.Thereby, inorder to reach the female population it was understood to hire more female peer educators.

The “terms of reference” with the peer educator involves all the integral and parts of the work involved from the period of outreach; from 6th May till 30th September 2011 to the remuneration procedure. (Annex1: attached is the TOR)

 3. CRITERIA

 1. The most prominent criteria is understanding 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. The peer educator has to be willing to participate in the programme and must be active in while conducting the outreach programme.

3. The Migrant peer educators have gone through the ToR thoroughly and have agreed on the terms listed in it.

 4. 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.

 (Annex2: attached is the daily migrant peer outreach log)

(Annex3: attached is migrant worker monthly overview form)

 5. HIV SESSION FOR THE MIGRANT PEERS

The session was held in SHE meeting room on the 6th of May 2011, from 16:00hrs till 18:00hrs, and was conducted by SHE Global Fund staff. A total of 3 new peer educators were trained. The training was also conducted along with the outreach implementation monitoring meeting for the month, therefore some of the former recruited peer educators were present during this session.

The session was initiated with introductions. 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 peer educators made inquiries and tackled with possible questions that might be asked of them during the outreach.

Following this, the group went through the reporting forms, “daily migrant outreach log” and “migrant worker monthly overview”. One of the former recruited peer educators, Mr. Shafiqul Islam, conducted this part of the session as it allowed the peer educators to understand better.

Once the session was over, the outreach kits prepared was handed over to the participants and they signed the “terms of reference”.

6. 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.
  • This training refreshed the basic information on HIV/AIDS for the existing peer educators.

 7. 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.

8. LIST OF PARTICIPANTS

Name

Language

 Farhana Jasim Liza

Bengali

 Chandra

Nepali

 Fathima Islima

Tamil

 

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

0.00

800.00

0.00

-200.00

Training was conducted during the reporting meeting

 2

Purchasing of Migrant workers kit

1,913.00

0.00

500.00

0.00

1413.00

 Kits were purchased to the newly recruited peer educators.

 3

 Hall rent

1,300.00

0.00

0.00

0.00

1,300.00

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

3,813.00

0.00

1,300.00

0.00

2513.00

 

 

1 comment
  1. Wanja Ngure on May 29, 2012 :

    Your works with peer educators is amazing i was just wondering whether you can help me with a copy of your peer tor to help me develop one for our peer educators in Malawi. Am a VSO volunteer who ghas gotten interest in working with peers

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