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Peer-to-peer prevention

SolidarMed is involved in the field of sexual and reproductive health in several project countries. The peer educator approach is one of the approaches used in this context.

The children and teenagers listen to Collins Omondi with avid attention at the monthly meeting. 

In many cultures, the socialization of young people and the exchange of knowledge takes place through friends of the same age. The peer education approach to reproductive and sexual health issues in SolidarMed's projects also builds on this. The transfer of knowledge and discussions about reproductive and sexual health issues can happen very effectively among peers. Young people internalize messages or adapt their behavior better when they are communicated by people at eye level, by people who share the same concerns. Especially in a socio-cultural context where many topics are taboo, this method shows success.


Collins has grown into a self-confident and happy young man.

Collins Omondi is one of the peer educator

Born half-orphan and HIV-positive himself, and growing up in very poor circumstances, he did not have an easy start in life. Due to side effects of an HIV medication, he almost lost his eyesight, which in turn resulted in poor school performance. His teacher at that time said: "You are wasting your time in school, you will die soon anyway". Thanks to the social exchange with other HIV-positive children in the children's club of our NAFASI project and the knowledge he was given there, he has shed his shyness and reclusiveness and found new self-confidence. He has grown into a responsible and independent young man who has not only successfully completed an apprenticeship as an electrician and cares for his Aids-stricken, bedridden mother, but also actively supports other HIV-positive children and young people as a peer educator.

5 Questions for Collins Omondi


What do you enjoy most about being a peer educator?

I get to support others on their way through my experiences and learn a lot of new things myself every time.

What is the biggest challenge as a peer educator?

The individual situations of the children and young people are very different. It is not always easy to give the right advice and to start an open and direct conversation.

Why is your commitment important?

The young people are more likely to listen to me because I am of a similar age. They also trust me because I have known many for a long time and we have become friends.

What are the reactions of the adults?

They see me as a good example and are glad that I talk to their children. They know how many challenges I have already overcome in my life and have seen me grow up.

What are you most proud of?

I don't let the HIV virus in my body dominate me and I am proud to be able to live a normal life.



Confident and empowered by his role as a peer educator, Collins Omondi.

Collins is a very impressive example of the impact peer educators have on other teenagers as well as a peer educator's own growth through their role. With the help of Collins and many others - and thanks to your support - SolidarMed is ensuring that we move closer to the United Nations goal of sexual and reproductive health as a key pillar of health.

Focus Magazine 21/1: Peer-to-peer prevention

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