The Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) has trained 36 adolescent peer educators in three (3) districts in Western Province, in order to deliver Comprehensive Sexuality Education (CSE) to In and Out-of-school adolescents and young people. Sixteen (16) peer educators were trained in Mongu, ten (10) in Sesheke and another ten (10) in Limulunga district. CIDRZ is a Sub-recipient of the Global Fund through the Ministry of Health (MOH) to implement the CSE package to adolescents and young people in the named Districts in Western Province.
Speaking during a training session in Mongu, the Program Manager Ms. Brenda Kayumba, said CIDRZ is working hand in hand with District Health Offices (DHOs) in Mongu, Sesheke and Limulunga in training the peer educators and that the program would run throughout the year 2020. The program is an extension of the Global Fund Adolescent Health Strategy 2018-2020, specifically the Social and Behavioural Change Communication (SBCC) under which the CSE falls. CIDRZ was awarded as Global Fund sub-recipient along with other CBOs/NGOs across the country implementing the CSE program activities.
She said apart from STIs and HIV/AIDS, the CSE package includes topics such as Values and Rights, Adolescent Development, Sexuality, Gender roles and Equality, planning for the future, relationships, communication, pregnancy, and GBV. The CSE package is tailored for adolescents and young people between the ages of 10-14 and 15-24 years. The program is targeting to reach 34,149 adolescent and young people in the three districts.