Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

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WAVE trains health professionals in Belarus on domestic violence

September 2, 2013

On 1 August 2013, WAVE project coordinator Angelika Kartusch participated as an international trainer in a training seminar for health professionals organized by the UNFPA office in Belarus. The training was held in Brest and convened about 30 health professionals from Brest, Kobrin and Kamenets. It aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of participants to understand domestic violence and to identify and respond to these cases in their daily work as health care providers. Topics covered included understanding domestic violence, identifying the health consequences of such violence and communicating with survivors. The event was part of a project to strengthen national capacities to address domestic violence in Belarus that is currently being implemented by UNFPA Belarus in cooperation with partner organizations. The Public Association “Gender Perspectives”, focal point of the WAVE network in Belarus, is also among the partners of this project.

The training curriculum and the materials used were based on the programmatic package “Strengthening Health System Responses to Gender-Based Violence in Eastern Europe and Central Asia” (, developed by WAVE in cooperation with the UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia.

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