Virtual self-study course based on the “Technical Standard for the Integral Care of Victims of Gender-Based Violence and Serious Human Rights Violations” – The Organization for World Peace

Gender-based violence is a social problem that requires permanent attention from the Ecuadorian State.

In Ecuador, 65 out of 100 women (64.9%) have experienced some type of gender-based violence in their lifetime. According to statistics, 19,962 cases of gender-based violence were recorded in health facilities in 2021. 73% of cases concerned sexual violence against children and adolescents between 1 and 19 years old, and 33.55% of services were aimed at girls and adolescents between the ages of 9 and 14. In addition, pregnancies in girls aged 9 to 14 can be associated with sexual violence.

It is essential to provide an instrument of sensitization and training of health professionals of the national health system of Ecuador in the management of cases of gender-based violence. For this reason, the National Directorate of Human Rights, Gender and Inclusion has developed a self-training virtual course, which includes medical-clinical procedures, care flows for gender-based violence: physical, psychological and sexual; treatments and antiretrovirals for STIs, HIV, emergency oral contraception, dosed according to age, as well as specific procedures for pregnant girls under 14, victims of sexual violence, among others.

The self-learning virtual course is an instrument developed with the highest professional quality, thanks to the support of international cooperation, UNFPA – OIM, to reach all health personnel. The Ministry of Public Health wants this course to be a valuable tool that allows health professionals to serve victims of gender-based violence with quality and warmth. It is essential that health professionals identify cases of gender-based violence in a timely manner and that they know clearly how to act in such a situation.

Objectives of the virtual course

  • Train and sensitize the professionals of the national health system so that they can provide effective and rapid care to victims of gender-based violence on the basis of quality standards in terms of health and human rights, gender and intercultural approaches.
  • Strengthen the skills of National Health System staff in compliance with the principles of confidentiality and non-revictimization.
  • To offer health professionals a tool enabling them to develop their capacities for comprehensive management of cases of gender-based violence.

Virtual course methodology

The virtual course has five modules. All the material has been constructed in a didactic way, with updated information and relevant to the national reality.

  • Module 1: Gender and gender-based violence.
  • Module 2: Comprehensive support for victims of gender-based violence, by life cycle and groups in situations of vulnerability, integrating the approach of human mobility.
  • Module 3: Specific care according to the Technical Standard.
  • Module 4: Notification and referral procedure from the National Health System to the National Justice System.
  • Module 5: Support for health teams dealing with cases of gender-based violence and serious human rights violations.

With the course, it is expected to contribute to the elimination of all forms of violence against women, boys, girls and adolescents, to combat human trafficking and sexual exploitation, and to strengthen the gender and human rights approach in public health policies.

Reach: This course will have the capacity to reach at least 50,000 healthcare professionals in its initial phase. Subsequently, it is planned to extend its field of action to other institutions concerned.

Today, the effort and commitment of the Ministry of Public Health – in particular of the National Directorate of Human Rights, Gender and Inclusion – for human rights are materialized in this precious tool which will promote a dignified charge for victims of gender-based violence.

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