Connecting local responses around the world
In this YouTube video, Gaston discusses how the young people in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea, keep their finger on the pulse of what is happening in their community. If you want numbers, they won't have them. But they do have a sense of the progress that the community is making and they are able to take action when they see a problem.
Here is a transcript of the clip:
"I was in Papua New Guinea in the province of Mount Hagen. There is a settlement there called Walis Station. We have done several SALT visits there and the settlement had done a Self Assessment.
What they decided to do there was very interesting. The young people decided to meet every 2 weeks and have a coffee night. During this coffee night, they did not drink alcohol, as they would usually do during an evening out. Instead, they would discuss the issues ongoing in the community and the progress they are making on, for example, the relationships in the community, discrimination, stigma, the atmosphere in the community.
They started by meeting once every month and now they meet once every 2 weeks. They do this to see if the community is progressing in a qualitative way. So, for them, it is not so much the amount of testing, the number of people on ARV. They can check that in the Health Centre.
But if you have regular discussions, then you can check to see if you are making progress on things like inclusion, risky behaviour or your vulnerabilities. And if you find problems arising, you can take early action to deal with them."