December 12, 2013: Participants in the Malawi Ministry of Health Training for new one-stop centres for child abuse and domestic violence in Zomba and Mulanje
Thank you to the Malawi Ministry of Health, UNICEF, the UK Department for International Development, College of Medicine and especially to the clinical officers, nurses, police, prosecutors, social welfare officers and magistrate from Zomba, Mulanje and Blantyre for a very productive 3-day conference at Annie's Lodge in Zomba.
Each agency gave presentations on the scope of their work and the daily challenges they face, and I gave presentations on the medical diagnosis and treatment of child sexual abuse and how to interview children. The discussions were lively and interactive, and the conference ended with two hours of putting pen to paper to decide on next steps to increase the collaboration between agencies. The energy and enthusiasm were palpable.
The Ministry of Health wants BRANCH back in February to start doing Training of Trainers. Exciting times.