Developing a Health Sector Response to Violence Against Women

National Workshop (18- 20 October 2013)

CEHAT is pleased to announce a 3-day workshop on developing a health sector response to Violence Against Women. The aim of the workshop is to equip professionals of both not-for-profit and government organizations to partner with the health sector to respond to violence against women.

Objectives Specific objectives of the workshop are: • Understanding a hospital based crisis centre model • Develop a health sector response to sexual assault

Participants Middle to senior level professionals from the field of medicine, counselling, nursing, social work.

Background India is at a crucial juncture with respect to policy making on violence against women, as there is a growing demand to reform public systems (health, police and judiciary). The Government of India (GOI) has been instrumental in setting up committees to reform current practices, including concerns raised by several civil society groups, in the Five Year Plan as well as allocating finances to specific ministries for rolling out some of the schemes related to ending violence against women. Establishment of 100 one stop crisis centres (OSCC) in public hospitals is underway as directed by the Planning commission of India. These OSCCs are under the umbrella scheme of the Ministry of women and child department (MWCD).

CEHAT has, since long, engaged with the public health sector on the issue of VAW and an outcome of those engagements has been establishment of Dilaasa, a public hospital based crisis centre responding to both domestic violence and sexual assault and creation along with implementation of comprehensive and gender sensitive health care protocols for dealing with violence against women.

This is an opportune time for civil society organisations and feminist groups to ensure that the health systems respond to the issue of violence against women in a sensitive, appropriate and comprehensive manner. In order to achieve this goal, CEHAT plans to organise a3-day workshop to present learnings and strategies to engage with the health sector for responding to violence against women.

Deadline for the submission of application: 1st October 2013

Venue: International YMCA, Mumbai Central, Mumbai. Cost of course materials, boarding and lodging will be borne by CEHAT. Travel cost will need to be borne by the participant/organization.

Medium of instruction: English and Hindi

Application forms are available here

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About CEHAT: Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT), is the research center of the Anusandhan Trust, which conducts research, training, service and advocacy on health and related issues. Socially relevant, rigorous academic health research and action at CEHAT is for the well-being of disadvantaged masses, for strengthening people's health movements and realizing right to health care.

Training on Medico-legal Procedures for Health Professionals

Rajawadi Hospital and CEHAT are organizing a training on Medico-legal procedures for Health professionals on the 23rd and 24th of February 2013. This two-day training is designed to provide participants an understanding on medico-legal documentation, informed consent in medico legal cases, documenting injuries from the perspective of medico-legal and public health, medico-legal examination in cases of sexual assault, deposing in court and other related topics. Resource people are experts in medicine, law, and forensics. Medical Officers and others who deal with medico-legal cases in the course of their practice are encouraged to apply.

Please note that all the applications are subjected to scrutiny

Date of the training:23rd and 24th February 2013

Deadline for the submission of application: 15th February 2013.

Venue:: Conference hall, Rajawadi hospital, Ghatkopar (West), Mumbai-400077

Application forms are available here

The completed application form can be sent to the following postal address or email addresses given below:

Chief Medical Superintendent & H.O.D. (SHCS) 2nd Floor,Main building K.B. Bhabha Mun. Gen. Hospital, R.K. Patkar Marg, Bandra (West) Mumbai-400050.

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Training on Child Sexual Abuse and Role of Medical Professionals : Dr. Shaibya Saldanha, MD.

As part of the current model of Comprehensive Healthcare Response to Sexual Assault, being implemented by CEHAT in 3 public hospitals of Mumbai, this workshop was held on 9th July, 2011. The aim of this workshop was to sensitize and build capacity of health care professionals in responding to survivors of sexual assault and providing medical, forensic and psychosocial support. Medical Superintendents, RMOs, lecturers, MOs and Medical Social workers from Rajawadi Hospital, Bhabha Hospital and R.N. Cooper Hospital participated in this training. Resident doctors from the specialties of pediatrics, general surgery, gynecology and psychiatry were present. In all, around 25 participants attended this training.

Dr. Shaibya Saldanha, MD, addressed the session. She is the founder of the organization “ENFOLD Proactive Health Trust” in Bangalore working on issues of Child Sexual Abuse, sexualization of children, Mental and Emotional Health of our youth and sexuality among adolescents and young adults.

Dr. Saldanha covered a range of topics right from understanding the term abuse to prevention of burnout among health care professionals. Following are some of the highlights of the training:

  • Understanding the term Abuse.
  • Sexual Abuse: A Conspiracy of Silence.
  • Sensitize medical professionals about their responsibilities.
  • The lost Victim. (Understand the various indicators in the context of sexual abuse and intervention).
  • Identify gaps in existing response systems and understand the need for a multidisciplinary team approach
  • Understanding the term burnout, causes, symptoms and prevention among medical professionals.

Most of the participants found the speaker excellent with her simple methodology of the training which includes informative sessions on Child Sexual Abuse and its consequences, explanation with examples, various techniques of communication with sexually abused children which is crucial while seek case history and Group activity with the scope for the participants to clear their uncertainties which they have while responding to the victim of sexual assault and which they were not understood in the past. Participants also sensitized and realized their responsibilities towards the issue and its impact on the society as well as the nation. The overall response was overwhelmingly positive.

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