On March 3rd, 2017, a six-member Liberian delegation, with full support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), departed Monrovia for Malmo, Sweden for a one month course in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. Members of the Liberian delegation to Sweden included Mr. Zubah T. Mulbah, Sr. of the National AIDS Commission (NAC); Ms. Marlene K. Tokpa and Mrs. Lorpu M. Sherman of the Family Health Division of the Ministry of Health; Ms. Wilma Fassah and Mrs. Samretta Caldwell of the National AIDS Control Program of the Ministry of Health and Mr. William Kowah Zaza of the Liberia Network of People Living with HIV (LIBNEP+).
Since 2014, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) through the Lund University (LU) has been providing an advanced training program in Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. The International Training Program (ITP) in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) is designed for individuals holding positions in organizations in the area of SRHR and who are the position to participate in reform processes at various levels. The program offers participants the opportunity to help their organizations define and achieve both short and long-term goals through a phase-based training course. The course is intended to, among others, increase access to adequate sexual and reproductive health care; promote sexual education; and increase the awareness and demand for SRHR services.
The guiding principles of the program were based on four pillars as follows: 1) human rights values, 2) a context-based approach, 3) participatory learning, and 4) national and international networking, which form the program’s educational framework.
Topics Covered during the training program include
1. SRHR issues and policy
2. Leadership and Development
3. Management and reporting
4. HIV and AIDS Prevention approaches
5. Open education
6. Introduction to Ipad internet researching and communication
7. Sexual Coercion
8. Sexual identity
9. Gender roles, rights and impact (Swedish model)
10. Maternal and Neonatal health
11. Cervical cancer prevention and management
12. Film making
13. Female Genital Mutilation