Peer Education in Papua New Guinea

Peer Education in Papua New Guinea

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In Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, young adults are experiencing an HIV and AIDS epidemic that is placing their generation in even more danger after years of conflict.

However, Dormatilda Gani, 23, and Bridgette Mohin, 22, are two young women who have chosen to contribute to a more positive future by volunteering to become peer educators in a CARE education program, which raises awareness of HIV and AIDS among youth to help prevent the spread and impacts of the epidemic.

They attend monthly training on health issues and leadership skills, which they turn into education sessions for their communities to transfer the knowledge they have gained on issues such as HIV and AIDS, sexual and reproductive health and substance abuse.

...and also it strengthens me to be strong and know my rights and just be faithful to myself.

Dormatilda Gani

Dormatilda is committed to helping protect her community from the epidemic, saying, “What I like about being a peer educator is public speaking and having the chance to talk to many people; trying to build up the community. I like to be aware of HIV and AIDS and other sexual and reproductive health issues.” These young people are also learning vital leadership skills to play a stronger role in decision-making in their communities.

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