NEPAL: Child Protection
UNICEF recently documented widespread child abuse in Nepal, as well as a great need for training among health providers to adequately respond to cases of physical and sexual violence. Health providers offer a key point of contact to identify, document, and treat abuse, and with the appropriate training, can make an enormous difference in ensuring children’s right to live free from violence.
Building on its successful project to provide health services for survivors of trafficking, HealthRight International recently partnered with UNICEF to improve the Nepalese health sector’s response to child abuse and other forms of violence. Through project activities, health providers and communities are gaining the knowledge and skills to raise awareness of child abuse, care for those affected, and prevent future cases.
Training Health Providers
In 2006, HealthRight and UNICEF developed a groundbreaking training program in the detection and treatment of child physical and sexual abuse. HealthRight staff and volunteers, as well as technical experts from social protection sectors in Nepal, trained Nepalese health trainers to identify, treat, and report abuse. These trainers in turn replicated workshops for health professionals across the country with HealthRight support, reaching doctors, nurses, and community health workers, thereby exponentially expanding the impact and reach of the program.
Developing Quality Tools
To ensure a systematic, large-scale response to violence that also respects children’s human rights and provides quality care, HealthRight and UNICEF developed training curricula for health professionals, as well as protocols for care and standard operating procedures that respond specifically to child abuse.
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