The USAID funded Maternal and Child Survival Program’s (MCSP) Human Resources for Health (HRH) project recently held a five-day gender technical update for 20 faculty members and preceptors from seven pre-service education (PSE) institutions in the country.
The training was conducted from December 4-8 and coincided with this year’s just concluded observance of the 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence campaign.
Through role playing, group discussions and interactive games, participants in the five-day event explored key concepts on integrating gender into their workplaces and curricula by exploring topics such as: Understanding Gender and Social Norms; Gender-sensitive and Rights-based Care; Engaging Men in Sexual Reproductive Health Promotion; and Gender-based Violence.
“It is very motivating to be together as educators, working through these issues and how to address them with our students,” said one participant from the Midwifery Training Program in the Southeastern Region.
It is anticipated that MCSP/HRH staff, PSE faculty and preceptors will work with the regulatory bodies to develop standards that are gender sensitive with emphasis on sexual harassment and pregnancy.
It is hoped that along with MCSP/HRH the PSE institutions will identify gender focal persons to create awareness in all supported schools, especially on gender-related standards, and will start discussions with the institutions to develop at least two policy documents focusing on sexual harassment and pregnancy as well as work with the schools to develop and implement a peer provider reproductive health/family planning program.
The MCSP Liberia/HRH project is focused on strengthening midwifery and medical laboratory technician PSE in targeted institutions throughout the country as a part of USAID’s contribution to the health workforce program strategy for the development of a fit for purpose productive and motivated health workforce to help reduce maternal and newborn deaths.
The PSE training institutions that participated in the gender technical update workshop comprised those with registered midwifery (RM) and/or medical laboratory technician (MLT) programs, including: Tubman National Institute of Medical Arts (TNIMA); Winifred J. Harley College of Health Sciences; United Methodist University (UMU); Mother Pattern College of Health Sciences; Esther Bacon School of Nursing and Midwifery; Phebe Paramedical Training Program; and Midwifery Training Program for the Southeastern Region.