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Peer Educators as change leaders- Effectiveness of peer education process in creating awareness on reproductive health among women workers in garment industry
Suvetha Kannappan, Karthikeyan Shanmugam

Last modified: 2018-07-23


Background: India is one of the leading manufacturers of garments with roughly 80% of the workforce dominated by female migrant workers. Lack of education and access to resources in these women contribute to unsafe sexual behaviors, sometimes leading to unwanted pregnancies or sexually transmitted infections.


Materials and methods: A health educational interventional study for women in garment factory using peer education process carried out over a period of 18 months. Process includes orientation to factory management, health needs assessment, identifying health topics, peer educators selection, peer educator trainings followed by outreach sessions and impact measurement. The impact of peer education on reproductive health has been assessed among 597 participants from 9 factories. Data entered in SPSS version 24 and analyzed.


Results:The mean age of the workers in both the groups is 25.4 (±9.6) years and 25.1 (±8.3) years.Most of the workers were single and more than half of them reside within the factory premises. Significant change in menstrual hygiene practices, knowledge in family planning methods, sexually transmitted infections and cervical cancer has been observed following peer health education.



Conclusions: A well designed health educational interventional program using peer educators could be a successful approach to create awareness on sensitive topics.



Acknowledgements: Business for social responsibility (BSR), Faculty and staff of Department of Community Medicine, Management, staff and workers from the factories