Encouraging healthcare-seeking behaviour in Djibouti
We are proud of our 19 newly trained peer health educators, committed to join our work and efforts to raise awareness about HIV, tuberculosis and malaria at the workplace and in Djibouti’s local communities. They are trained by healthcare experts to train their peers to disseminate accurate information through interactive activities, discussion, advocacy projects and social support to protect people from infectious diseases and inspire healthy behaviours. Peer health educators are approachable and have an impact on how their colleagues feel about infectious diseases and on what they will do about it when symptoms appear.
There are locations where traditional health care workers have difficult access, such as workplaces (i.e. hotels, harbours), migrant groups or marginalized groups. Peers health educators though may approach them through informal networks to create positive change in behaviours and social support. In Djibouti, our 30 peers are active at the workplace, harbours, schools, community centres and other public settings.