22 March 2017 - IOM MHD (Regional Office Brussels and IOM Greece) in collaboration with UNFPA, organized a Training course for health professionals, health mediators and general service providers on Sexual Reproductive Health and Gender-Based Violence (SRH-GBV) on 15-17 March 2017 in Athens, Greece.
Hosted by the National School of Public Health, the two and a half day training course organized in Athens had the objective to provide health mediators, health professionals and other general services providers working with migrants and refugees with relevant knowledge and skills concerning general concepts and guiding principles of sexual and reproductive health (SRH) and gender-based violence (GBV), including as related specifically to migrants and refugees. In particular, topics such as SRH in emergencies, identification and referral of GBV cases, clinical management of rape, and roles and responsibilities of services providers as regards GBV, were presented during the training. Furthermore, a specific session was carried out on interpretation challenges and the roles of interpreters and cultural mediators. The sessions included lectures, video courses and role-playing games which enhanced the learning process of participants who also received materials for health promotion.
Participants included professionals from IOM, Medecins du Monde, Ris, KEELPNO, the Hellenic Police, the National Health Operations Centre and the Research Committee of the Academy of Athens. All the participants received certificates at the conclusion of the 2.5 days workshop.
The training course is part of IOM’s Re-Health project’s efforts to facilitate the implementation of the Electronic Personal Health Record (PHR) through the recruitment and training of health mediators to work with refugees and migrants, particularly with vulnerable groups and children. The trained health mediators will support the services and assistance provided to migrants and explain the process and benefits of undergoing a health assessment.