How to Integrate: Peer Mentoring for HIV & SRHR Integration
If thoughtfully designed and implemented, mentoring has the potential to meaningfully combat problems of staff shortages by increasing the skills for existing staff, by existing staff, in a manner that is acceptable and cost-effective.
A new guide has been launched as part of the Steps to Integration Series, delivered by the Integra Initiative. The guide, ‘Peer mentoring: an effective strategy for integrating HIV and SRH services‘ is one of a seven part series to strengthen the evidence base and good practice for integrating HIV and SRH services.
Integrating HIV and sexual and reproductive health (SRH) services is essential for effective health programming. This Integra Initiative component explores how peer mentoring can be an effective, feasible and sustainable tool to support in-service capacity-building.
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, as part of the Integra Initiative.
The study found that providers from all the facilities appreciated and supported the mentorship approach as it resulted in:
- Improved knowledge, skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in delivering integrated SRH and HIV services
- High job retention
- Reported time and money savings for clients
- Improved client–provider relationships