WARIF Foundation Set To Train Traditional Birth Attendants in Lagos.
In collaboration with the ACT ‘Aspire Coronation Trust’ foundation the WARIF Foundation seeks to train and equip traditional birth attendants with the necessary skills and provide the tools to identify and render first wave treatment to women who exhibit signs of and are affected by Gender based violence in their communities. In addition they can also proffer that these women visit crisis centers such as the WARIF rape crisis center for further treatment and counseling.
The first training course is set to hold on the 25th of October 2017, where facilitators from the WARIF center will instill these skills unto 550 TBA’s who are trusted members of their communities, serving as ‘gatekeepers’ to women a risk in many of these rural and some urban communities across Lagos State
The training will include education on key indicators to look out for in the women they attend to, and also the training is set to provide basic first responder training on psycho-social counseling of the women.
Gender Based Violence (GBV) includes physical assault, sexual assault, rape, psychological torture and domestic violence. Due to the stigma in most of these areas, the survivors tend to either be too ashamed or afraid to report that they were victims of such heinous crimes; hence they are more likely to confide in the woman that birthed them or their children.
Women At Risk International Foundation (WARIF) is a Non-Governmental Organization that was incorporated in 2016 by Dr. Kemi Da-Silva Ibru MD; MPH in response to the high incidence of sexual assault, rape and human trafficking occurring among young girls and women across Nigeria. This is achieved through the implementation of immediate and preventive target -oriented interventions, that all have the hallmark of the foundation initiatives of being impactful, measurable and sustainable.