The Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS), National Gender Based Violence program successfully conducted Strengthening of Health Care Response to violence against Women and Children in Solomon Islands training for registered nurses, midwives and medical officers of Guadalcanal Provincial rural health and area health centers 10th to 14th July.
The training objective is to provide knowledge and skills for front line health care providers; at rural health care facilities, introduce and socialize Ministry of Health Gender Based Violence guideline and standard operating procedures to the participants, and provide health workers on tools to record, document and report cases of violence to the ministry and other support services.
Mr. Nashley Vozoto, the National Gender Based Violence Coordinator outlined that the training discussions were based on key issues and concepts of violence such as gender as opposed to sex, gender and power, human right and consent.
“Training is very important for the ongoing development of our health workers with new updated knowledge and skills to add value to their work as they continue to serve the population at the community level. GBV is a public health issue and it has adverse effects to health of individual”, said Mr. Vozoto.
It is expected that the training participants will be equipped to respond effectively to patients who are victim of violence, and ensure they received the appropriate services they need.
“It is a great privilege to have such training, building capacity of rural health care providers far from advance like main town or city like Honiara”, said Vozoto.
He said it is encouraging to see public health programmes coming to community levels because that is where larger number of population lives.
Meanwhile, participants who were new to the training echoed it was a privilege for them to attend such an important training; while those who already attended GBV training before said it is a refresher for them.
The MHMS World Bank – Management Unit (PMU) financially supported the training. The next similar training will take place in Choiseul Province.