PEP/South Africa Peer Educator
gay youth in the Philippines
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 651-5988 Fax
“SATELLITE” PROGRAMS OF PEP/LA
Wendy Arnold, M.P.H., President
Peer Education Program of Los Angeles (PEP/LA) is a non-profit
organization in which multi-cultural teens from high schools,
residential facilities and probation centers are trained
to be peer educators in HIV/AIDS information. The mission
of PEP/LA is two-fold: 1) to decrease the rising incidence
of HIV transmission in adolescents; and 2) to elevate
the care, respect, compassion and hope of people who live
PEP/LA has established 25 Peer Education
Programs (PEPs) throughout Southern California, ("PEP/Satellites")
the United States and has set up more than 120 teen PEPs
the Trainers” workshops in 28 countries (PEP/INTERNATIONAL).
Since 1986 most of these programs (listed below) continue to be
successful in reaching teenagers with HIV/AIDS prevention.
In 2011, we look forward to welcoming several
more African countries into our family of more than 12,600
teens and 8,800 "Trainers" who have been trained directly under the PEP/LA
model. Respecting cultural, ethnic and economic differences,
PEP/LA has designed training agendas that are flexible
and can be adapted to the specific concerns of each country.
Innovative strategies for involving multi-disciplinary
participants from political, academic and medical arenas
have led to the development, implementation, evaluation
and revision of international PEPs that effectively reach adolescents
with vital life-saving messages about how to avoid an
exposure to HIV and how to stop the discrimination of
people who live with HIV/AIDS.
appreciation to the following governmental and
non-governmental (NGOs) sponsors:
- (2006) 1 PEP.
AZUR Development, Silvia Niombo.
- (2006) 3 PEPs
"Marman Lamukas", "MIDEFHOPS", Isidore Kalimira.
PEP/GHANA – (2003,
2004, 2010) – 9 PEPs. (Kumasi,
Agona, Accra, Bipoah Ashanti, Patriensa, Buduburam, Elmina,
Youth Development Association in Kumasi, Ashanti Health
Services of the Ministry of Health, Asante-Akim
Multipurpose Telecommunication Centre (AAMCT) of
Patriensa, Mt. Olive Presbyterian Church of Patasi,
Self-Help Initiative for Sustainable Development (SHIFSD)
of Buduburam, Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) of
Elmina District Council, Kingsby Hotel in Accra. In
2010: Embassy in Accra, West African AIDS Foundation (WAAF),
PEP/GUYANA - (1994)
Sponsors: PAHO, Suriname National AIDS Programme.
PEP/HUNGARY - (1993,
1994, 1995) – 5 PEPs.
(Budapest, Zalaegerszeg, Eger, Gyor, Heves County).
Semmelwies University of Medicine, Swiss-Hungarian AIDS
Prevention Effort (SHAPE), Hungarian Ministry of Social
Welfare, City Councils of Zalaegerszeg, Eger, Gyor and
Heves County, more.
PEP/INDIA – (2001) –
5 PEPs. (Nellore).
Health, Education and Rural Training Society (HEARTS),
Indian Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, Indian Red
Cross of Hyderabad.
PEP/ISRAEL – (1992,
1995) – 2 PEPs. (Rishon-Le-Zion,
Kupat Holim Health Insurance, Israeli Association of
PEP/KENYA – (2000,
2004) – 3 PEPs. (Nakuru,
Learning and Development Kenya in Nakuru, Ark Foundation
(Washington, DC), Uzima Wa Taifa (UZIWATA) in Kiambu,
New Lifestyle Resource Centre of Machakos, District
Women Council on HIV/AIDS (DIWOCHA), Development
Services of the Catholic Diocese in Machakos.
USA – Since 1990.
Kaiser Permanente Hospital, Buffalo Club, Namaste
Foundation, Entertainment Industries Foundation (EIF),
California Endowment, Blue Cross Health Net, McDonnell
Douglas Employee Fund, Edison, Ludacris Foundation,
UCLA, Moorpark College, USC,.Buckley School, Oakwood
School, Brentwood School, Macy's Passport West, individual donors,
- (2008) 6 PEPs
LOA, SHIFSD, Obaas School, YOCADS.
- (2010) 4 PEPs.
Salima) Sponsor: US Embassy in Lilongwe.
PEP/MOSCOW - (1991,
1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996) – 7 PEPs.
Moscow City Parliament, Moscow Duma, Russian Red
Cross, AIDS-Infoshare Russia, AESOP, HERA, Prospeckt
- (2006, 2010) 8 PEPs.
Rundu,Rehobeth, Grootfontein, Walvis Bay,Penduka)
US Embassy in Windhoek, "Youth for Hope", Youth to
Youth", American Cultural Center of the US Embassy.
(1997) 2 PEPs. Sponsors:
State Family Planning Commission of China,
Nanjing College for Population and Programme Management
PEP/NEPAL – (1996,
2001, 2005) – 4 PEPs. (Kathmandu)
“Forum Against AIDS, Drugs and Social Problems”
(FADS), Save the Children US-Kathmandu, National
Federation of UNESCO Clubs in Nepal (NAFUCIN), UNESCO
International, Gandaki Seva Samaj Society, Chomolungma
UNESCO Centre (CUC), Buddha UNESCO Club.
L’Association “Jeunes” Contre le
SIDA (L’AJCS), L’Association “Jeunes” Information contre
le SIDA (L’AJIS) (1986, 1987, 1994, 1998)
L’Association des Artistes Contre le SIDA (L’AACS),
Mayor of Paris, Fondation Recherche Medicale, French
Ministry of Health.
(1996) – 2 PEPs. (Cebu
Bidisliw Foundation in Cebu City, Save the
Children US – Cebu.
PEP/PUERTO RICO –
(1992) 2 PEPs. (San Juan,
Harvard Institute for International Development, San
Juan AIDS Institute.
PEP/RUSSIA and PEP/SIBERIA –
(1992, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003) 6 PEPs.
(Omsk, Tomsk, Barnaul,
AIDS-Infoshare Russia, Omsk Regional AIDS Centre, Tomsk
“Siberia AIDS Aid”, Barnaul “Siberian Initiative”,
UNICEF, Vladivostok Organization “LUBLU”, Vladivostok
PEP/SOUTH AFRICA – (2000, 2005) 5 PEPs. (Potchefstroom,
Ikegeng, Dennilton, Houghton, Alexandra-Soweto)
University of Natal - Durban, Nelson Mandela
Medical School - Durban, Die Afrikanerbond –
Johannesburg, Potchefstroom University School of Social
Welfare, Rotary Club of Potchefstroom, NextAID, Youth
with a Vision – Dennilton, Association Francois Xavier
Bagnoud (AFXB)- Johannesburg.
PEP/SURINAME – (1993,
1994, 1996, 1997) 4 PEPs.
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), Suriname
National AIDS Programme.
PEP/TANZANIA – (2005,
2007, 2008, 2010) 10 PEPs. (Dar es Salaam,
Tanga, Boko, Mbeya, Chalinze, Mbalizi, Ituha, TEKO
University, Kisanga) Sponsors:
ARK AFRICA Foundation in Washington, DC Unity in
Diversity (UDF) in Mbeya. In 2010: UDF Iringa
Residential Training Foundation (IRTF), Mbalizi/Mbeya
Presbyterian Church, Malezi Alive Pioneers (MAP), MBeya
Hope for Orphans (MBEHO).
PEP/THAILAND – (1995)
2 PEPs. (Bangkok)
Chulalongkorn University of Medicine in Bangkok,
Thai Red Cross.
PEP/UGANDA – (2000,
2002, 2005, 2007) 12 PEPs. (Kyebando,
Kayunga, Kayonza, Galiraya, Busaana, Bukolooto,
Namugongo, Mayuge, Jaguzi Island, Busuyi)
FARE Ministries of Kampala, Kampala Baptist Union,
Kayunga District Council, Youth and People with
Disabilities Integrated Development Association (YOPDIDA),
Uganda Health Empowerment Project (UHEP), Kayonza
Council, Kon. Minister Rukia Isanga Nakadama (Ministry
of Gender and Culture).
PEP/ZIMBABWE – (1999,
2010) 4 PEPs. (Magenje,
Chivende, Harare, Bulawayo)
Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe, Ivainesu Health Project
of Karoi, Karoi Hospital. In 2010: US Embassy in Harare.
PEP/ARMENIA – (1998)
Armenian Ministry of Health, Ministry of Education and
Science and Scientific Association of Medical Students
of Armenia (SAMSA).
PEP/BELIZE – (1997,
1998) – 5 PEPs (Belize
City, Orange Walk, Punta Gorda, San Pedro, Corozal).
Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), UNICEF, UNAIDS,
Belize National AIDS Task Force.
PEP/CAMEROON – (2003)
– 2 PEPs. (Limbe, Magunje,
Association for the Rehabilitation and Wellbeing of
Youth (ARWY), Province Hospital of Limbe, Limbe Coffee
Processing Company, Cameroon Baptist Convention, The
German Cooperation (GPS), others.
After arrival into a country, it takes
about two weeks for the PEP/LA Trainer(s) to work with
the hosting organizations for scheduling community forums,
planning the training sessions for the teen peer
and conducting the “TRAIN THE TRAINERS” Workshops
for 30-40 diverse participants (medical care professionals,
school counselors, teachers, psychologists, Directors
of NGOs, sex workers, family planning clinicians, rural
health care workers, pastors, women’s groups, prison
staff, etc.). These “trainers” (more than
6,000 worldwide) then take the strategies of “peer
education” to reach their respective populations
with HIV/AIDS prevention and health promotion. The series
of discussions focus on:
- Negotiation and communication
- Recommendations for setting up their own PEP
(for adults and/or teens);
- Basic HIV/AIDS medical information
to insure standardization of messages shared with targeted
- Recommendations for counseling men, women
and children living with HIV/AIDS.
- The PEP/LA "Trainer(s)"
help with the foundation of the PEP onto which they will
develop components that are culturally appropriate to
their own country. Hence, the PEP is not a transplanted
USA project; it will be successful only if they take full
responsibility and ownership.
For the PEER EDUCATORS’ TRAINING,
the 50-55 adolescents (17-25 years) are often recruited
from medical schools, high schools, church groups and
orphanages. In 3-4 days
(a total of 18-24 hours), the teens participate in a series
of informal discussions that cover:
- Why teens are particularly
at high risk;
- The essentials of HIV/AIDS (“AIDS
- Communication and public speaking
- “Cardinal rules” of confidentiality,
empathy, honesty and non-judgmental attitudes. The trainees
are empowered with decision-making skills, heightened
self-esteem and positive health/sexuality. The program
information is transferable to the reduction of risk-taking behaviors of
teens in general (drugs/alcohol/STDs/unwanted
pregnancies). There is an emphasis on the goal of disease prevention through
the promotion of healthy life-styles. With community mobilization,
the international PEP Directors then implement activities
such as program promotion, peer educators’ presentations,
role-playing exercises and also provide HIV antibody
relevant to their own country’s resources; and,
- The provision of care compassion,
hope and health care to people living with
HIV/AIDS and their families.
On a worldwide scale, the PEP/LA satellite
programs of PEP/INTERNATIONAL clearly improve HIV/AIDS
knowledge and communication skills of youth and “Trainers”.
Pre/post-test questionnaires also document positive changes
(26% + 7%) in attitudes and intentions to modify risk
behaviors associated with HIV transmission. There is no
doubt that the PEPs have also contributed to the
understanding that discrimination against people with
HIV/AIDS must be stopped and we must provide them with
hope, care and medicines.