In a collaborative effort between the Hailemariam & Roman Foundation (HRF) and the FDRE Ministry of Health, a Training of Trainers (TOT) program on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) prevention and response was successfully conducted in Adama Town.

The training, which took place last week, aimed to equip Health Sector Program Managers and Experts with the necessary knowledge and skills to prevent and respond to GBV in their respective communities effectively. A total of 54 participants from various regions, including Tigray, Amhara, Afar, Oromia, Central Ethiopia, South Ethiopia, Sidama, Southwest Ethiopia, Gambela, Harari, Benishangul Gumuz, Somali, and Dire Dawa City Administration, as well as Addis Ababa Health Bureaus, took part in the program.

As part of the TOT program, participants received comprehensive training on GBV prevention and response, including identifying signs of abuse, Clinical Management of GBV, providing psychosocial support, referring survivors to appropriate services, and monitoring and evaluation. In addition, the training stressed the importance of community engagement and health providers in creating a safe and supportive environment for survivors.

The Ministry of Health’s Women’s and Social Affairs Inclusive Implementation Executive Officer, Mrs. Fatuma Seid, explained that the trained Health Sector program managers and experts are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and resources they need to effectively train, recognize, support, and advocate for survivors of gender-based violence.

Meskele Lera, the Chief of the Maternal, Neonatal, & Child Health (MNCH) & Nutrition Program at the Hailemariam & Roman Foundation (HRF), on his part, highlighted the ongoing commitment of the HRF and the Ministry of Health to sustain their collaborative endeavors in combating GBV and other public health issues.

The participants conveyed their gratitude for having the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in addressing GBV. They acknowledged the significance of the training in enabling them to serve their communities better and contribute to the prevention of GBV.


Hailemariam & Roman Foundation

January 2024, Oromia Region_Adama Town