Creating environments that support peer education: experiences from HIV/AIDS‐prevention in South Africa
Article publication date: 1 August 2004
It is generally agreed that social environments influence the success of health education but there is less agreement about what constitutes a health‐enabling community context. Focuses on the processes underlying successful peer education. Outlines a case study conducted by the author of a schools‐based peer education and condom distribution programme for HIV prevention in a school setting. Identifies a number of obstacles to the development of new peer norms, youth empowerment and critical thinking that are essential preconditions for programmes success. Notes that the research concluded that one important reason for the failure of HIV‐prevention programmes lies in the over‐optimism of those who believe that peer education programmes can change behviour in marginalized communities in the absence of appropriate partnerships. Programme success is unlikely without parallel efforts to create supportive social environments, through building alliances between peer educators and more influential groups.
Campbell, C. (2004), "Creating environments that support peer education: experiences from HIV/AIDS‐prevention in South Africa", Health Education, Vol. 104 No. 4, pp. 197-200. https://doi.org/10.1108/09654280410546682
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