Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

A resource package

Part II: Training package for health care professionals on strengthening health system responses to gender-based violence

About this training package

Aim of the training package

The present training package aims to strengthen the knowledge and skills of health care professionals to understand GBV, to identify patients who have experienced GBV and to provide survivors with appropriate care, support and referrals. It seeks to provide trainers with a ready-made and user-friendly tool to deliver trainings to health care professionals in the EECA region, packaging the comprehensive background information included in part I into ten practical training modules.

Each module provides the trainer with:

  • An outline of the training session, including its objectives and key learning messages;
  • References to relevant chapters of Part I of the package that trainers may consult as background information, as well as other relevant documents, where applicable; and
  • A PowerPoint presentation, handouts and group exercises. For easy reference, each Power Point presentation makes references to handouts, using a star symbol with the letter H and the number of the respective handout.

Trainers are encouraged  to adapt the curriculum in line with the time available and the learning needs of their specific target group.

Target group

The training package aims to provide a comprehensive introduction to GBV and the health sector’s response. Therefore, it targets training participants with little or basic training in this field.

The training package has been designed for health care professionals who are in direct contact with survivors of GBV. This includes doctors, but also nurses and midwives, who are of particular importance in remote rural regions. The package mainly addresses the level of non-specialized primary health care, which normally provides the first and most critical point of contact for women survivors of GBV seeking medical help. Additionally, the training package may also provide relevant guidance for secondary health care settings, where women survivors may be referred to by primary health care providers.

It is of relevance for health care professionals based in hospitals, clinics or health centres, as well as resident doctors and other health care providers working in non-hospital settings.

Structure of the training package

After a number of practical tips and recommendations for preparing trainings(chapter 2) , the training package proposes a training curriculum consisting of ten modules, for a two and a half-day training (chapter 3). Each day is calculated with 6-6,5 hours of training sessions. It is recommended to factor in a 1 hour lunch break and two coffee breaks of 15 minutes each (may be adapted by the trainer). This outline proposes a core structure for a training, which may be adapted by the trainer, for example by adding energizers of ice-breaker exercises.