Empowering Staff through Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation (VCAT) Training on Safe Abortion

Empowering Staff through Values Clarification and Attitude Transformation (VCAT) Training on Safe Abortion

Grand Legacy Hotel, May 16th-19th, 2023

In an endeavor to enhance knowledge and foster collaboration, a four-day Values Clarifications and Attitudes Transformation (VCAT) training on Safe Abortion was conducted at the Grand Legacy Hotel from May 16th to May 19th, 2023. The event brought together 26 staff members from various consortium members, including IMRO, HDI, RNGOF, GLIHD, Strive Foundation Rwanda, and MDFC. Emmanuel Mugabarigira moderated the training, with welcome remarks from Aimable Mwananawe, the Executive Director of IMRO.

Topics Covered During the Training:

The comprehensive training covered crucial topics related to safe abortion, commencing with an examination of the epidemiology of unsafe abortion in Rwanda. On day one, Mr. Tom Mulisa delved into legal frameworks on sexual and reproductive health, emphasizing the international and regional human rights and policy frameworks. The importance of standards, the Maputo Protocol, General Comment No 22, and the Maputo Plan of Action were highlighted. Sessions also addressed barriers to safe abortion and strategies for implementation.

Days 2 to 4, facilitated by Mr. Mporanyi Theobald, focused on values and ethics, utilizing the social-ecological model and the “Four Corners” exercise to deepen understanding. Comprehensive abortion care (CAC) was emphasized as a holistic approach, and participants enhanced their knowledge, communication skills, and advocacy efforts. Community engagement strategies, counseling importance, and advocacy for reproductive healthcare services were discussed.

Expectations and Closing:

Dr. Kagaba, the Executive Director of HDI, expressed expectations for participant comfort, active engagement, and free expression of thoughts. The training aimed at self-assessment and knowledge enhancement.

During the closing ceremony, Fiston from GLIHD summarized legal framework content, and Yassina from RNGOF summarized VCAT sessions. Aimable from IMRO expressed gratitude for active participation, emphasizing the training’s goal to empower staff collaboration. Nooliet, representing RNGOF, thanked IMRO and encouraged participants to apply their knowledge. Dr. Janvier, representing RBC, highlighted reproductive health’s importance and commended consortium efforts.

Dr. Janvier officially closed the training, expressing RBC’s commitment to collaboration and participants’ responsibility to disseminate acquired knowledge.

In conclusion, the VCAT training marked a significant step toward fostering understanding, reducing stigma, and promoting access to safe abortion services. The consortium’s collective dedication and the commitment of participants reflect a shared vision for a healthier future in Rwanda.

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