vulnerability to HIV and STIs through the use of satellite table activities
and youth friendly centres in Guyana
N. Carter, S. Khan, M. Paltoo
Ministry of Health, Guyana, Adolescent & Young Adult Health & Wellness Unit, Georgetown, Guyana
people remain at the center of the AIDS epidemic in terms of rates of
infection, exposure, impact, and potential for change. The most recent
concluded ANC HIV Seroprevalence Survey of 2006 in Guyana showed the HIV
prevalence for the age 15-24 group is 1.0 percent.
still lack knowledge about how to prevent HIV infection. Available evidence
suggests that when young people are provided with correct information about
preventing HIV, they are likely to adopt safer behaviours that reduce their
vulnerability. According to UNFPA, “targeted
education has led to delayed sexual debut and increased use of condoms
resulting in a decrease in HIV prevalence in young people".
satellite table activity is an information booth set up in schools, communities
and youth friendly centres where trained peer educators and nurses share health-related
information with youths. This is usually conducted twice per month by sixty
peer educators through role plays and one-on-one discussion sessions in Region
10, one region of Guyana. The overall objectives are to create awareness of
youth friendly centres and increase access to STI prevention services,
including HIV, as well as unwanted pregnancies.
Lessons learned: Satellite
table activities have successfully provided health information to youths in a
non-judgmental manner. Young people are translating knowledge to behaviour
change by accessing and using condoms which is reflected in a steady increase
in the access to youth friendly health centres. The targeted population is now
initiating dialogues regarding their health through mass media including mobile
messaging and telephone conversations.
Next steps: Satellite
table activities would be expanded to hinterland regions and additional peer
educators and health care workers would be trained to meet the growing demand
for this service. This activity would also be documented as a best practice for
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