Mentoring is an innovative approach to improving provider skills without compromising service delivery by harnessing the potential of existing providers. In Kenya, a peer-mentorship approach was designed and tested to improve service providers’ skills, knowledge, and capacity to provide high-quality integrated HIV and SRH services. A central component was to understand providers’ opinions on mentoring, so as to build a practical and sustainable mentorship model. The “Steps to Integration” series provides a guide on how to integrate HIV and SRH services based on findings from the Integra Initiative, managed by the International Planned Parenthood Federation in partnership with the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and the Population Council. Issue 2 of the series explores the peer-mentorship approach to providing high-quality integrated services. Conclusions: Mentorship was perceived to be a feasible method of training for capacity-building. The benefits of mentoring are particularly relevant for settings with moderate or high HIV prevalence and limited funding. If thoughtfully designed and implemented, mentoring has the potential to combat problems of staff shortages in an acceptable and cost-effective manner.
"Peer mentoring: An effective strategy for integrating HIV and SRH services," Steps to Integration, Issue 2. Washington, DC: Integra Initiative, 2015.
Assessing the Benefits of Integrated HIV and Reproductive Health Services: The Integra Initiative