Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT)
Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce (SWEAT) is a dynamic non-governmental organisation that addresses the health and human rights of sex workers.
SWEAT seeks the services of a consultant to develop materials that will support the work of sex work Peers Educators. These materials – or Cue Cards – must provide quick, accurate and accessible information to Peer Educators to share with sex workers during outreach, in workshops, and in support groups.
The Cue Cards must contain summarised information – content must respond to Peer Educators knowledge (they have received training on HIV, STIs, and other basic health information). The cards must be visual and may also be used as a teaching aid by Peer Educators when engaging with sex workers on outreach, in workshops or one-to-one engagements.
Suggested Content of the Cards
Sexual and Reproductive Health information for sex workers
HIV and HIV Testing Services
- What is HIV?
- Assessing Risk profile (which can be completed using a whiteboard marker and wiped clean once a risk profile is done)
- Testing – how do HIV tests work? How often should you test and why? What is consent?
- What if I’m positive?
- What if I’m negative?
- What is self-testing? Why self-test? Where do you get tests from? How accurate are they?
AIDS and ART and adherence
- What is AIDS?
- What is ART? What medication do I need to take? How important is healthy eating? When do I have to start treatment?
- What is Adherence and why is it important?
- Alcohol and drugs while on treatment
STI’s and their symptoms and screening and treatment processes
- STI Symptoms (screening)
- What is an STI?
- Why is it important to treat them?
- How to prevent STIs
TB and TB screening processes
- What is TB?
- How do you test for TB?
- What is MDR TB and XDR TB?
- How do you get TB and how can you prevent transmission?
- What is the treatment for TB and how long does it take to be cured?
- What is cervical cancer?
- What is HPV and how do you get it?
- What is a Pap smear – how often do you have to get one
- What are the different ways to prevent pregnancy?
- How do they work?
- HIV and pregnancy
- Preventing mother to child transmission
- Unwanted pregnancy – options (TOP, Adoption)
Menstruation and sex work
- Condoms, male and female and how to use them
- Lubricant and how to use it
- PrEP what it is, who should use it, what it entails
- PEP what it is, who should use it, what it entails
- Information on ART and viral load suppression – how to get to viral suppression
- Self-care – good food, rest, dealing with stress, addiction dealing with trauma, being kind to yourself and caring for each other
- What are rights
- What are responsibilities
- What is autonomy and agency
- To be able to explain stigma and discrimination
- To be able to explain a human rights violation
- Trafficking explained, exploitation explained
- Labour right – the basics
- To know where to refer persons (Key service providers)
- Dealing with young people who sell sex
Design and Layout:
The Cue Cards must be:
- A5 or smaller to fit in bags
- Written using Plain English
- Visual – concepts explained in images charts or diagrams
- Cards can be removed and updated and new ones added
How to apply:
Send a letter explaining your interest and previous experience, your CV and at least 3 examples of your work (link or PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject: “Cue Cards Application”
Deadline for applications: 26 October 2017 (by close of business) Tel: 021 448-7875.
For more about Sex Worker Education and Advocacy Taskforce refer to www.sweat.org.za
To view other opportunities, refer to www.ngopulse.org/group/home-page/other-opportunities