MobPreSH (Mobilising for PrEP and sexual health) was a pilot project lead by PrEPster in partnership with Brigstowe (Bristol) and Yorkshire MESMAC (Yorkshire). The pilot ran in 2019 and was funded through Public Health England's Innovation Fund and through PrEPster's core grant from Elton John Aids Foundation.
MobPrESH commenced in January 2019 and recruited, trained and supported volunteer PrEP support peer community mobilisers in Bristol, London and Yorkshire. Each group of mobilisers were provided with resources to develop PrEP and sexual health interventions in their own communities.
Those interventions included videos, web pages and blogs; articles, fanzines, presentations, and workshops; outreach, group-work, art projects and designing educational material.
MobPrESH has a specific remit to target women. PrEPster believes that everyone who needs PrEP should be able to access it. But currently - despite international evidence showing that PrEP works for women - few women in Europe are accessing PrEP, and many women do not know about it.
As such, as a peer mobiliser project - MobPrESH was open to all self-identifying women, including trans women and non-binary people (assigned female at birth).
The pilot especially welcomed involvement from women in communities affected by HIV, trans women, Black and other women of colour, speakers of languages other than English, and migrants.
A process evaluation of MobPrESH was undertaken. The full report is available HERE. In addition PrEPster's independent learning and recommendations from the pilot can be viewed below.
The findings of the report, and the learning from the pilot, are being used to develop future work around PrEP and sexual health for women.