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How to Create an Effective Peer Education Project

Organizational Authors: 
AIDS Control and Prevention (AIDSCAP) Project,
Family Health International

This handbook, eveloped by AIDSCAP's Behavior Change Communication (BCC) unit, is intended to help field-level planners and implementors who:

  • Are planning a new peer education project, and
  • Want to strengthen or energize ongoing projects.

The information in this handbook is based on interviews with more than 200 AIDSCAP subproject managers, peer educators and peer beneficiaries in 10 countries. It presents advice from experienced HIV/AIDS BCC practitioners on:

  • Activities that are appropriate for peer educators
  • Recruiting and selecting peer educators
  • Community acceptance and support for peer educators
  • Training topics for peer educators
  • Supervising and supporting peer educators
  • The role of educational materials and condoms in peer education projects.


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