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And often, as one peer educator put it, “in this time of information and modern living, young people may know more about these issues than their parents.” But providing young people with the proper training, the skills, guidance, incentives and the feedback they need to actually be effective peer educators proves to be a huge task.
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Aleksandar Bodiroza, who manages the Y-PEER programme for UNFPA.
“We're taking activities and techniques that have been developed at the community level and bringing them up to scale, using both the Internet and linkages with the mass media.” As the network has continued to grow and mature, it has become the standard for similar efforts globally, Bodiroza said.
“It’s too late for me,” Natalia sighs, “ but others can be saved from my fate thanks to the work being done by the peer education network.
It has made a real difference in the lives of young people here.” Y-PEER began in Eastern Europe and Central Asia in 2000, at a time when HIV prevalence was beginning to skyrocket, fueled by needle sharing among injecting drug users.
“Thanks to Y-PEER,” she continues, “we have an active web site, electronic mailing lists, training manuals and each other to share information and experiences.” Forging alliances is also crucial to the success of Y-PEER and its efforts to empower young people to protect their health.