may, 2018

Power of Peers ProgramSouth Africa

Project Details

To address the gap in HIV testing and linkage to care among youth in SA, ICAP will implement the Power of Peers Program, empowering nursing students—a largely female group aged approximately 19–24 years—to become champions who actively encourage their peers to self-test for HIV. The innovative program will be carried out in partnership with KZN College of Nursing, enrolling a cohort of 20 high-performing, second-year students at the Prince Mshyiyeni Memorial Campus in eThekweni to serve as youth champions. Program interventions will include: 1) empowering nursing students to become champions who expand access to HIV self-testing (HIVST), counseling, and linkage to care and treatment among their peers and social networks; 2) providing incentives to champions participating in the project; and 3) providing youth with access to a web-based platform using youth-friendly language to promote HIVST and sexual and reproductive health, follow-up support via WhatsApp for youth with a reactive self-test.