In offering HIV-related education, counselling and support in the workplace, peer educators are in many respects at the coalface of the epidemic. Research shows that over 80 percent of the country’s peer educators know someone who is HIV-positive or who has died of an AIDS-related illness. Any company intent on creating an effective HIV/AIDS programme will need to establish a strong peer education component. SABCOHA aims to offer the right type of support to business for Peer Educators.
Contact: Harold Bakoba for more information: email@example.com or Office No (011) 476 4270: Cell 073 610 8779
The South African Peer Educator Association
It is estimated that there are approximately 150 000 trained peer educators in companies around South Africa as a part of workplace programmes established to assist in the response to HIV and AIDS. While much of their work takes place in the work setting, peer educators are also important resources to their communities where they provide support, advice and information. Given their important role, SABCOHA has identified the need for peer educators to be supported in order for them to contribute effectively and efficiently over the long term.
In 2011 SABCOHA established the South African Peer Educator Association. With over 2000 members, SAPEA presents an ideal opportunity for Peer Educators to be better co-ordinated, and updated on current best practice. With the support of the Global Fund to Fight Aids, TB, and Malaria, our full time co-ordinator, Harold Bokaba, hosts regular meetings with Peer Educators across the country. Peer Educators are also able to receive counselling and debriefing through the SAPEA support line.
All Peer Educators, whether they operate in the workplace or community, or public or private sector are called to join SAPEA.
Annual Membership Fees
Note: The membership fee is valid for 1 year and has to be paid into the SAPEA Bank Account.
For more about SAPEA, and how to join Click here.
Please email Harold Bokaba if you want to join SAPEA firstname.lastname@example.org
Workplace HIV/AIDS peer educators in South African companies – Dr David Dickinson
Talking about Peer Educators (May 2007)
The latest research findings of “Talking About AIDS: A study of informal activities undertaken by workplace HIV/AIDS peer educators in a South African company” by David Dickinson, associate professor at Wits Business School, shed new light on the “black box” that is the often confidential and intimate interactions that take place between peer educators and their peers.
Dickinson’s research – based on the diary recordings over 20 months of seven peer educators at a large mining house – “scrutinizes the informal activity’ that comprises a critical aspect of peer education”.
Presented at the Wits Business School in May 2007, Dickinson’s findings bear out many of his earlier research findings (see below). But given the range of environments that peer educators operate in, these findings can only be “tentatively generalised to other peer educators whose specific situations and activities may differ from those outlined here”, writes Dickinson.
Some key points emerged from the research into this particular group of peer educators:
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(Members will receive hard copies of the report by mail.)
Case study: Five large SA companies
In the largest research project into peer educators in SA and the globe to date, Dickinson conducted research in five large South African companies with a combined workforce of more than 120 000 permanent and non-permanent employees. Together, the companies have around 1 780 peer educators on average one peer educator to 69 employees. He gathered research data by means of questionnaires, interviews and participatory observation.
There is an over-representation of women particularly African women among peer educators, when compared with the companys employee profile;
Peer educators play several key roles: influencer; adviser; stigma buster; normaliser; sex talker; family builder; and condom king;
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