In September 2004, eight Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Morocco met with members of the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Youth and Sport, and several Moroccan NGOs, all which worked on HIV prevention and treatment in Morocco. Upon conclusion of the meeting, all parties agreed that Peace Corps Morocco could best support a coordinated effort towards HIV education by the creation of a SIDA Committee. In November 2013 the committee voted to become the Sexual Health Committee, expanding the mission to include general STI and sex education outreach.
The Committee is made up of eight volunteers, each stage represented by volunteers as selected by the Sexual Health Committee bylaws (2.01). The committee meets biannually in Rabat to discuss programming, training, and projects. The mission statement of the Sexual Health Committee reads as follows:
Through facilitation and collaboration with Peace Corps Morocco and other institutions and groups, the Sexual Health Committee members will strive to build and sustain a PC Morocco sexual health education awareness program by providing Volunteers with relevant information, resources and training.
Pursuant to this goal the Sexual Health Committee provides literature to be used by PCVs in designing and implementing PCV trainings, coordinating relationship-building efforts with Moroccan NGOs and relevant Ministries. This material is kept up-to-date and available for representatives to make available to their stagemates through Sexual Health Committee binders whose maintenance is the responsibility of the representatives.
Since its founding, the Sexual Health Committee’s role has developed with the needs of the country and of the PCVs serving in the country. The Committee has made a concerted effort to advance monitoring and evaluation of projects and to encourage more goal oriented programming. To maintain continued advancement of these goals, the Committee has identified four initiatives to focus its work: Training Programming, Resource Development, Results-Orientation, and High-Risk Demographics.