Peer Group Educators are voluntary fellow workers who have received training to advise and assist employees in matters relating to HIV/Aids. Palabora has already trained 30+ Peer Group Educators from different sections of the mine.
The PGE slogan is: "A fellow-worker teaching a fellow-worker". All PGE activities are focused on changing behaviours among their peers to stop the spread of HIV/Aids. With this in mind, they support their peers in the following ways:
Personal (one-on-one) activities:
Affected employees - whether infected themselves, or having to cope with an infected family member - do not always feel free to ask questions in group situations. To address this, Peer Group Educators are available to provide accurate and up-to-date information on the disease in one-on-one discussions. They provide emotional support and discuss how the disease can be contracted, spread and, importantly, how to treat and prevent it.
Through group activities, HIV/Aids information is presented visually through various media - including on-screen. Health information materials, such as pamphlets and booklets, are freely distributed. Posters and other relevant information are displayed on notice boards and condoms are made freely available at strategic locations.
Offsite awareness programme
An offsite HIV/Aids programme helps to create awareness of the effects of the disease and to provide support within the community. The company assists with community-based educational programmes to highlight the importance of social behavioural change.