Clinical Management of Rape (CMR)
- Progress Completed
In order to develop the capacity of frontline actors working with SGBV survivors in emergency settings, ABAAD, in partnership with UNICEF, conducted facility-based training on CMR in 14 different hospitals and primary health care centers (PHCs) in the Bekaa, North, South, and Mount Lebanon governorates.
Overall, 223 medical staff members (81% female, 19% male) – obstetricians and gynecologists, pediatricians, nurses, midwives, medico-social workers, and some administrative staff – participated in the trainings.
The targeted hospitals and PHCs were selected by ABAAD in coordination with UNICEF, UNHCR, the Reproductive Health Working Group, and the National GBV Taskforce based on CMR field assessments using pre-defined criteria. The training sessions, conducted by a prominent medical doctor specialising in Forensic Medicine, Medical Law, Emergency and Disaster Medicine, as well as gender-based violence (GBV), communicated methods and skills of identifying and managing cases of sexual violence and assault using the internationally adopted curriculum and tools.
Training of Trainers (ToT)
Upon finalization of the facility-based trainings, ABAAD put out a Call for Participation for a Training of Trainers (ToT) on the Clinical Management of Rape (CMR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health, and in partnership with UNICEF.
A number of medical staff applied, some of whom were personnel who had attended the facility-based trainings, and 20 were selected to attend the ToT. The ToT comprised of seven intensive full-day sessions conducted over the course of a month in Beirut. The in-depth sessions addressed GBV, how to receive survivors of sexual assault, the roles of the medical and administrative staff members, the Lebanese laws related to patient rights and child protection, direct medical service provision to survivors of sexual assault, information about HIV and other sexually transmissible infections (STIs) and the administering of Post Exposure Prophylaxis kits (PEP kits), in addition to training and coaching skills.
Four medical specialists who attended the ToT, displayed exceptional skills, and expressed the ability and interest in becoming coaches were contacted by ABAAD to conduct coaching and follow-up sessions at the 14 different hospitals and PHCs that had received CMR trainings. The coaches provided support to help the medical staff at the different facilities overcome the challenges they are facing while providing CMR services.