Capacity building training in Burundi on holistic care for survivors of sexual and gender based violence


The opening ceremonies of a series of capacity building workshops for professionals from the Burundi National Police Hospital and Kamenge Military Hospital on the holistic care of survivors of sexual and gender-based violence took place on 16 June 2021 at the Faith Center.

The official launch of this event was attended by Bishop Eraste Bigirimana who welcomed the guests in his opening speech after a brief prayer that inaugurated the event, Dr. Nicole Rassolo counsellor at the Dutch embassy in Burundi who did not fail to mention the importance that her embassy attaches to this subject of the fight against gender-based violence. Finally, Mr. Felix Ngendabanyikwa, Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of National Solidarity, Social Affairs, Human Rights and Gender, invited the participants to share the knowledge gained from this training in their homes and workplaces with their colleagues.

This course was organised by RCBIF in collaboration with the Maastricht School of Management and is the first in a series of five sessions that will take place in June and July, each session lasting three days. 

Source: RCBIF

About the project
Together with consortium partner RCBIF, MSM will capacitate the National Police Hospital Burundi and its consortium partners the Military Hospital of Kamenge and Akabanga Center. Through this Tailor-Made-Training (TMT) the Burundian organizations would like to improve their responses to cases of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) and the service provision of their (para)medical staff to this group of patients, as they admit many survivors of SGBV.

Currently the intake at the beneficiary organizations is high and resources are limited to help the SGBV survivors. This TMT will fill the knowledge gap that paramedical and medical staff have when it comes to taking care of SGBV survivors. The participants of the training program will explore causes and consequences of SGBV and will learn about suitable responses. The participants will learn how to approach the situation and treat the patient with the right care which will help the patient with their healing process.  The training will address skill gaps by challenging the perception of participants, making them understand gender norms and values, including doing role play practicing the interaction with SGBV survivors.

The project will be managed by Dr. Astrid ter Wiel, Associate Consultant at MSM.

Orange Knowledge Programme
The Tailor-Made-Training is part of the Orange Knowledge Programme (OKP) which is funded by the Netherlands’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs and managed by Nuffic. For more information click here.

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