Leveraging the experience of community-based HIV prevention responses for increasing awareness and demand for FGS prevention, diagnosis and treatment

Research question

This study aims to understand and address several issues: lack of knowledge among health care workers (HCW) and community health workers (CHW) about FGS, knowledge and stigma at the community level, the potential for integrating FGS into existing sexual and reproductive health (SRH) education, and the potential for improving equity of MDAs for women of reproductive age.

Formative research will be used to develop HCW training modules, social mobilization and sensitization messaging, and to assess baseline knowledge. The team plans to conduct cross-sectional community surveys, focus groups with CHWs, and interviews with health workers that measure KAPs. In the intervention phase, the team plans to incorporate FGS material into existing SRH programs, including an online/social media platform used to teach teenage girls about HIV and STIs. They are also planning community outreach activities that coincide with the planned MDAs and are planning to field test the community-based drug delivery outlined in Kenya’s “Breaking Transmission” strategy. Testing and treatment for FGS will be improved at health facilities. Radio messaging using crafted behavior change messaging will be deployed.

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