Authors: Lily C Kumbani, Diana L Jere, Chimwemwe K Banda, Cecilia Chang, Li Liu, Linda L McCreary, Crystal L Patil, Kathleen F Norr
This implementation study tested whether the Mzake ndi Mzake (Friend-to-Friend; hereafter Mzake) intervention remained effective when implemented by trained community volunteers in Malawi. The Mzake program is a 6-session, peer group intervention delivered by health workers aimed to improve HIV prevention knowledge and other related health outcomes. HIV prevention knowledge was the primary outcome, and was assessed through two indicators: UNAIDS comprehensive knowledge (UNAIDS Knowledge), and a 9-item HIV/PMTCT (prevention of mother to child transition) Knowledge Index. The results of this study showed that the Mzake program was effective in increasing HIV prevention knowledge when delivered by community volunteers, suggesting it may offer a valuable strategy to increase HIV prevention in rural communities without burdening healthcare systems.
Link: A peer group intervention implemented by community volunteers increased HIV prevention knowledge
Resource Type: Research
Region: Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)