The IRC provides clinical care to survivors of sexual assault among populations affected by conflict or natural disaster. Training healthcare workers has been recognized as a key component of improving the delivery of competent and compassionate clinical care for sexual assault survivors, yet most currently available training tools are not for use in resource-poor medical settings. The IRC developed the Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors multimedia training tool in 2008 using actors, case studies, and interviews that closely reflect the resource-poor settings where the IRC works. The training tool includes pre- and post-tests to evaluate short-term gains in knowledge after the training, but there has been no systematic review of the tool’s longer-term impact on clinical competency, compassion, and care delivery at health facilities.
This evaluation examined sustained facility-wide changes in staff competency, compassion, and care delivery three months following Clinical Care for Sexual Assault Survivors (CCSAS) training in Kenya and Ethiopia in 2010–2011 and in the DRC and Jordan in 2011–2012. Study results indicate that training with the CCSAS multimedia tool effectively improved the capacity of healthcare providers and the quality of care delivered three months after the intervention in diverse humanitarian settings around the world.
The Airbel Impact Lab at IRC is a team of researchers, strategists and innovators committed to the accelerated design, rigorous evaluation and cost-effective scaling of the most impactful solutions supporting people affected by crisis.