IMC Strengthening capacities of primary health professionals in addressing violence against children
The EVA project - strengthened gender action in Cahul and Ungheni districts
The purpose of the project
The primary health care is a universal service playing a central role and having a great advantage compared with other actors in child protection: access and systematic visits to the domicile of every child under 3 y.o. Based on that, primary health workers have the opportunity to observe wellbeing risks and to timely identify risks for child violence, neglect exploitation and trafficking (VNET), at times where other services (social work, police, education) do not have the same opportunity. Investments in strengthening capacities of primary care workers is a key to prevent and address violence against children at all ages, particularly younger children.
Enhancing the quality of primary health care services provided to children and families, universal monitoring and strengthening children’s health status, early detection of potential risk factors, raising awareness of the prevention and protection of children against violence, as well as carrying out interventions targeted to meet their needs will provide children a favourable environment for growth and development.
The Project proposal has three main components:
the advancement of the health system prevention and effective response to cases of violence against children, abuse and neglect by strengthening health workers’ capacities within the National Home Visiting Programme provision;
development of the Intervention Guideline for health care workers in cases of violence against children as part of the intersectoral cooperation mechanism on addressing violence, neglect and exploitation of children;
sustainable development of the capacities of future health workers through evaluation, adjustment and improvement of the teaching curricula and lecturers’ capacities at Cahul and Ungheni Medical Colleges.