Building Resilience through Self-Help Groups for Adolescent Sex Workers with Young Children in Zimbabwe
Joanna Busza of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in the United Kingdom will help vulnerable young mothers who sell sex in Zimbabwe by involving them in designing self-help groups incorporating virtual meetings via social media to build support networks and teach them life skills such as money management and parenting. Adolescent sex workers who become mothers are at high risk of developing mental health problems such as anxiety and depression, and often have little support caring for their children. They will involve adolescent women in the design stage by holding interviews and group discussions to gather opinion on social media and group meetings, as well as identify the types of skills they most need and how best to teach them. They will train peer educators to lead six-month virtual support groups and recruit young, pregnant sex workers to pilot test the approach in two urban sites in Zimbabwe.