In 2018, the Directorate of Gender Affairs (DoGA) developed Project SAVE – Antigua Barbuda, which provided training for healthcare professionals focused on screening patients for Gender-Based and Sexual Violence (GBSV). Project SAVE – Antigua Barbuda was adapted from a past training facilitated by the Florida Council Against Sexual Violence (FCASV) and was restructured to fit the local context. The training beneficiaries included medical doctors, nurses, and other stakeholders who provide direct health services such as the AIDS Secretariat and the Substance Abuse Division. The training aimed to educate health care providers about sexual violence and their role in helping survivors, to help health care providers feel more comfortable screening for and discussing GBSV with their patients, and to offer health care providers skills and tools that enhance their practice with survivors of GBSV, and patients dealing with other sensitive situations.
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