Violence and Injury Prevention

Sri Lanka serves as pilot for VIP short course on child injury prevention

From 18-20 September, WHO collaborated with the Sri Lankan Ministry of Health to pilot test WHO's latest "VIP Short Course", which focuses on child injury prevention.

Approximately 20 participants from 4 districts attended, along with Family Health Bureau and NCD staff from the Ministry of Health. Participants held different roles within the public health and curative health sectors for each district, meaning that for each district a team was trained.

The educational material was well received and evaluation and feedback from both facilitators and participants was generally very good. A core part of the interactive material was to develop an action plan for child injury prevention, so each district team developed an action plan for follow up in their respective district over the next two years. Some refinements will be made to the course materials after which they will be made available along with the five other VIP short courses.

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