Mogadishu Clinical Staff Trained on Global Standards of Care for Sexual Assault Survivors PDF Print


Nairobi, Kenya - ‘Compassion, competence and confidentiality’ was the foundation message during the training on Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS). Eleven staff working in health centres in Mogadishu attended the training held at Ruaraka Uhai Neema Hospital in Nairobi.

They included clinical nurses, counsellors and case managers who care for sexual assault survivors in clinics supported by CISP in Mogadishu.

After the introductions, the participants got a chance to express what their expectations were, “I want to learn more on the methods of assessing cases and assisting survivors of various levels of gender based violence,” declared the capacity building officer.

Stefania, a midwife from the hospital was the trainer. She began by assessing the level of knowledge using a standard question and multiple choice test which measured the basics of response.

The training was based on a programme developed by  the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) Centre for International Medicine to help health service providers provide competent, compassionate and confidential care to survivors of sexual assault.

Training materials such as videos, presentation slides and hand-outs were used. Stefania captivated the attention of the trainees; she was soft spoken and yet authoritative.  The set up made the trainees comfortable to ask for clarifications and even for the trainer to repeat specific points.

Interactive discussions provided participants with a glimpse of each other’s everyday experiences.  They also gave space to debate the application of what they were learning to their daily work.

“This training gave us a chance to look at what we can improve to ensure the service we give the survivors meet international standards, “said one of the nurses.

As part of the training, the participants drafted work plans with Stefania’s guidance considering what they learned.  This included the setup of their clinics that will make the service delivery conform to global standards.




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