AFISE Community information services

Community information services for young people Background Constanta city has about 10 organizations active in HIV area. As in 2005-2006 most of them were carrying out informative activities in schools and their programs were sometimes overlapping, they have gradually begun withdrawing since 2 years ago. In 2008, only 1 organization had funds and trained volunteers to unfold such activities. As the unfolded programs were not sustainable, school representatives took the initiative to invite NGOs for specific activities. In these circumstances, BBSF initiated a few information projects involving mixed team of student volunteers and teachers, ensuring thus program continuity despite the lack of financers. Objectives This presentation will prove the efficiency of involving peer educators as well as adults in the informative activities for the community (high-school students), as BBSF’s experience showed so far. Design/ methods BBSF organized meetings for creating a coherent program targeting high-school students, meant to provide information about HIV/AIDS and consultation for elaboration of a proposal respecting the objectives of the community services department; also, BBSF expressed availability in terms of providing informative materials for students and endorsed the idea of mixed teams of peer educators and teachers. Thus, an expanded team to run a program in cities and less accessible rural areas was mobilized, trained and asked to report the information activities within terms and conditions set out by BBSF. Baylor Romania utilized the following methods for the informative services in community: • Presentation sessions; • Debate sessions; • Work groups; • Video support; • Elaboration of posters; • Elaboration of prevention messages; • Questionnaires. Results The specific of the target group age (14-18 years old) is detached approach of problems that adults deem important. The solution identified by us was to actively involve them in the organization and unfolding of the information/ education sessions. Task assignment and monitoring by the team of volunteers make them responsible about the content and impact of the activities as their reputation is at stake as well. Conclusions Diversifying the community information methods helps us improve message delivery technique and improve the impact of the organized sessions at personal level. As education is a continuous process, it requires permanent improvement. The presentation will show to every member of the network the advantages and disadvantages of various methods tested by BBSF on various categories of target groups and enable them to make right choices when making various interventions in their community. Authors: A. M. Schweitzer S. Mihale M. Mocanu