2009. 13 p.
American Journal of Community Psychology
Peer education is increasingly being used to combat the spread of HIV and AIDS. However, results are inconsistent. This study systematically compares the context and implementation of two peer educational approaches among sex workers in India and South Africa, which had contrasting outcomes, to identify factors leading to success or failure. The Indian intervention's success was enabled by: a stable, supportive social, material and political context; and an ethos of community development which committed resources to sex worker empowerment, ownership and involvement. The South African approahc was more biomedical and less accomodating to sex workers' concerns. This analysis also provides lessons learned and implicatiosn for future peer education interventions.
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