ASIA PEER SUPPORT TRAINING : EXCHANGE

2021

In early July we finished the first quarter series of the Asian HIV peer support training-exchange project amongst Asian community activists which included sessions on U=U in May, Youth in June, and No More Stigma in July. All Asia HIV peer support training-exchange project-related videos can be viewed below

The next quarter series began 4th September 2021 with sessions on PrEP in the Context of Combination Prevention (September), Chemsex and Broader Mental Health issues (October), and Sexual Health for All (November). For the first quarter series in 2022 we are proposing a focus on HIV treatment peer support which participants have identified as a particular weakness

The project developed from discussions with Dr Hideta Nakamura, a Japanese ID clinician, researcher and community activist, Simon Collins (i-Base) and Garry Brough (Positively UK)

 

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The project developed from discussions with Dr Hideta Nakamura, a Japanese ID clinician, researcher and community activist, Simon Collins (i-Base) and Garry Brough (Positively UK)

Focussed on Asian HIV peer supporters and their organisations, it was originally designed as a face-to-face, three-day training to run concurrently with an EACS clinical HIV and hepatitis national training for young Japanese clinicians, in the runup to Japan’s national HIV meeting in Tokyo in November 2020. Due to Covid-19 the face-to-face peer support training-exchange was postponed to 2022

In its place we have developed the online series based on two needs assessments provided below with over 60 community activist respondents from 12 Asian countries

The first series has been successful and is now seen as the template for future ReShape/IHP online and face-to-face activities. These sessions are both training and exchanges among activists; the sessions rely on the engagement and active participation of local community activists. The format is intended to be a low threshold Zoom meeting style with limited slides, rather than Zoom webinar style with lectures and slides. Therefore, participants can see and interact with each other, moderators and presenters are visible and approachable. Sessions are on Saturday; the first 1 ½ hour is presentational with a mix of highly experienced and emerging activists making introductory presentations followed by open discussion. There is a soft closing with information about future activities. The session then evolves into “the session after the session” with informal open discussions, Q & A and networking for another 1 ½ hours. Notably, hardly anybody leaves at that soft closing

2020 First Sessions Need Assessments

2020 First Session Part One

2020 First Session Part Two

2020 Second Session

Benefits so far:

  • Encouraged focussed dialogue across borders on HIV peer support principles and practices and the varieties of peer support across Asia
  • Brought focus to dynamic peer support activities, social media outreach and information initiatives in Asian organisations, for example in Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Kuala Lumpur
  • Encouraged focus on solutions when focussing on long standing problems like limited discussions or education on sex and relationships in most Asian countries
  • Served as a jumping off point for potential collaborations, for example, linkage among Muslim-majority countries to focus on these issues
  • Provided concrete examples of networking, consensus building and negotiating with key national figures to make change
  • Provided a platform for often under-represented groups, including youth, male and female sex workers, and trans people
  • Enabled individuals and organisations to lead on outreach about the series to others in their country or region

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The mailing list has expanded from the original 60 respondents to almost 275 from 14 Asian countries/locations. The activity has already inspired two other activities:

  • A side meeting for participants from Muslim-majority countries about shared problems, especially around sex and relationship education
  • In late November, Dr Nakamura, ReShape/IHP and the Asian HIV Peer Support project will host a special session on U=U in Asia from the Japanese National HIV Congress, supported by Gilead Japan, with introductory presentations by Simon Collins, i-Base; Bruce Richman, Prevention Access Campaign; Garry Brough, Fast-Track City Initiative London and Positively UK; and Asian U=U activists followed by relaxed open discussion, Q&A and resource sharing

We intend to develop quarterly series of sessions until we can provide an intensive face-to-face training in Japan, hopefully in 2022

If you would like to join our mailing list about future events in this series please email nd@ihp.hiv