Survivor-centered Approach Training PDF Print


Mogadishu, Somalia - A survivor-centered approach means that all those who are engaged in the Gender based violence program prioritize the rights, needs, and wishes of the survivor. This helps to promote the survivor’s recovery and her ability to identify and express needs and wishes, as well as to reinforce her capacity to make decisions about possible interventions.

It is in this light that CISP over saw the training of two groups of Health service providers from MCHs currently supported by CISP. The groups comprised of Community Health Workers, Case Managers, Counselors and nurses. It is pivotal that they practice a survivor-centered approach in their service delivery because they are the initial contact persons to interact with a survivor.

The survivor-centered approach is based on a set of principles and skills designed to guide professionals. The participants gained the knowledge of how to create a supportive environment in which a survivor’s rights are respected and in which she/he is treated with dignity and respect. This was through group discussions, role plays, individual assignment, and case studies. “The training process was energizing, I thought we would just learn about human rights, but we learnt about the medical care aspect and the psychosocial aspect of working with survivors,” remarked one of the participants from the Yaqshid MCH.





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