Training for health professionals in BiH who are involved in work with torture victims
Within the project 6 trainings have been planned aimed at providing additional education for 120 general practitioners employed in health institutions in BiH.
The trainings were intended and especially designed for professionals working in primary health care institutions who are the first to come in contact with persons who suffered torture. They have a key role in recognizing the victims, examining and documenting cases of torture and referring them to further care of providing adequate treatment. The accent is put on PTSD, detection of symptoms which are consequences of trauma/torture/displacement, typical clinical picture of torture/trauma survivors, proper treatment and/or referral.
Assistance to a victim in exercising his/her rights at a court, but also in receiving adequate medical and psychological assistance and prevention of development of serious consequences of the traumatic experience is greatly determined by the way the victims are treated by the doctors in primary health care institutions. The participants are introduced with the proper procedure of interview conducting and documenting torture - The Istanbul Protocol.
Considering the war activities on the territory of Bosnia and Herzegovina during the nineties and a great number of persons who suffered trauma and torture in this area, the need for building capacities of health professional from BiH related to torture is prominent, which has been also confirmed at the already delivered trainings.
Participants have shown interest for the topics covered at the trainings and through their active participation they contributed to successful realization of trainings.
So far three trainings have been organized: two in Milici for GPs from the region of Birac, towns Zvornik, Vlasenica, Milici, Srebrenica, Bratunac, Han Pijesak and one training in Trebinje.
raining of health professionals aims at changing/improving the knowledge, attitudes and behaviour of this group towards better prevention of torture and protection of victims. They will be educated in issues concerning torture and its consequences on health (psychological and psychical) and social and economic life. The accent will be put on PTSD, detection of symptoms which are consequences of trauma/torture/displacement, typical clinical picture of torture/trauma survivors, proper treatment and/or referral.