Peer education typically involves training and supporting members of a given group to effect change among members of the same group. Peer education is often used to effect changes in knowledge, attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors at the individual level. However, peer education may also create change at the group or societal level by modifying norms and stimulating collective action that contributes to changes in policies and programs. Worldwide, peer education is one of the most widely used strategies to address the HIV/AIDS pandemic. This report presents findings from a project designed to identify components and principles that influence HIV/AIDS peer education program quality and effectiveness, as well as gaps in and priorities for operations research. The project was coordinated by UNAIDS and the Horizons Project, and implemented with the Jamaican Ministry of Health, PATH, AIDSMark/PSI, IMPACT/FHI, and USAID. The Horizons Project is implemented by the Population Council and partners.
Kerrigan, Deanna and Ellen Weiss. 2000. "Peer education and HIV/AIDS: Past experience, future directions," Horizons Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.