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The first workshop for peer educators in the ImPrEP project was held at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (FIOCRUZ) on September 17 and 18. In the opening session, the principal investigator of ImPrEP, Valdiléa Veloso, welcomed the participants and explained the project and its activities. The main areas covered by the workshop were: bonding between the project’s target public and health services offering PrEP, community education, and mobilization of gays, men who have sex with men, transvestites, and transsexuals to generate the demand for PrEP at the health services.

 The workshop was attended by Agnaldo Moreira de Oliveira Junior, Alessia Almeida, Alex Gomes, Allan Bastos, Biancka Fernandes, Keila Simpson, Cléo Oliveria, Agatha da Cunha Marzanno, Ernani Alexandre, Paullo Oliweira, Gabriel Mota, Gabriel Rodrigues Diogo, Jailton Arruda, Eduardo Razo, João Silva, Josias Freitas, Karol Ferreira, Kelly Vieira, Laylla Monteiro, Luciene Freitas, Ludymilla Santiago, Gustavo Córdoba, Paulina Galvão, Renan Oliveira de Carvalho, Taiane Miyake, Thiago Oliveira, Toni Araújo, and Valdimir Reis.

In the two-day workshop, peer educators watched videos, analyzed the content of combined prevention, participated in group dynamics to answer possible questions about PrEP and the project itself, learned about the role of a peer educator at each ImPrEP study site, talked about strategies for community mobilization, and discussed the various formats of materials that can be produced for social media, in addition to developing a work plan. During the final session, participants evaluated the two days, and each member of the team provided a wrap-up of the experience. The workshop was led by Nilo Fernandes, Luciana Kamel, and Brenda Hoagland from FIOCRUZ, Julio Moreira and Alessandra Ramos (community mobilization, ImPrEP), Cristina Pimenta (Ministry of Health), and Marcos Benedetti (ImPrEP). The next meeting is scheduled for December 2018 in Salvador, Bahia.

Peer educators in ImPrEP

Peer educators are representatives of the MSM and trans population with the capacity to lead activities in community mobilization and education with a focus on the prevention of HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted (STIs). Their role is to facilitate knowledge-building through reflection, debate, and questioning on the subject and to orient participation by individuals interested in PrEP to seek health services offering prophylaxis. Peer educators are responsible for community mobilization of the key populations that can benefit from PrEP and other components of combined prevention.

Source: ImPrEP portal