Belize’s low‐lying coasts, tropical climate and coastal erosion make it vulnerable to hurricanes, flooding and storm surges. Even though disasters impact both women and men, the former carries an extra burden. Belize’s Crime Observatory reported a consistent increase in the number of domestic violence complaints after the first case of COVID‐19 was recorded in March 2020, when lockdown measures were introduced but cases declined with the relaxation of measures. During emergencies, the opportunity and underlying drivers of violence against women and girls are increased while access to needed care, social assistance and economic support decreases.
When health workers can identify at-risk groups early, provide them with quality care and tailor support to their specific needs and preferences, they make an important difference in the health and well-being of women and girls. Therefore, it is critical that health workers are trained in what a quality response means, including the provision of first-line support or LIVES (Listen, Inquire about needs and concerns, Validate, Enhance safety and Support) and essential post-rape care.
The objectives of the training activity:
- Build capacity for 30 trainers to develop appropriate technical knowledge and competencies to conduct training on responding to and preventing violence against women in the context of disasters and health emergencies.
- Improve competencies to provide first‐line support to survivors of violence, including how to access additional resources and support for patients and for oneself.
How to Participate:
Virtual Session: February 7-9, 2023 (3 half-days)
In-Person Session: February 28–March 3, 2023 (4 full days)
Virtual Session: 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. (Central Time)
In-Person Session: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Central Time)
Virtual Link via Zoom: