Training Curriculum for Adolescent Girls and Young Women
The OPTIONS Consortium, in collaboration with Collective Action, has developed an HIV Prevention Ambassador Training Package to support adolescent girls and young women (AGYW) to play a meaningful role in the rollout of oral PrEP in their communities. Through interactive activities, discussion, and action planning, the training prepares Ambassadors to share information with their peers about oral PrEP as part of combination HIV prevention. Ambassadors also gain skills to support peers who are interested in using PrEP and to build community support for AGYW use of oral PrEP. For any Ambassadors who have not been previously trained on sexual and reproductive health and rights, the training also includes foundational sessions on sexual and reproductive health, human rights, gender, violence and HIV transmission.
This training can be implemented partially or in full by community-based organizations, non-governmental organizations, ministries of health, and PrEP implementers. Trained HIV Prevention Ambassadors can also implement the training—or selected portions of it—with their peers.
After field testing the training in a Zimbabwe district, the OPTIONS team observed a more than 30 percent increase in oral PrEP uptake by adolescent girls and young women. Read the field testing brief here.
Peer Education Tools for Adolescent Girls and Young Women
The HIV Prevention Ambassador toolkit includes colorful, 1-page handouts and worksheets in a booklet format that trained HIV Prevention Ambassadors can use to conduct peer support, community discussions, and other activities. The toolkit is designed to accompany the Ambassador Training Package and can be translated into local languages.
For printed copies of the OPTIONS HIV Prevention Ambassador Training Package, local language translations of the Ambassador Toolkit, or editable graduation certificates and/or local referral directory templates, please contact AmbassadorTraining@optionsconsortium.org.