Through Health Training of Trainers - Nigeria
report by Dr. Caecilie Buhmann, IPPNW European Regional Vice President
December 8, 2008
From November 20th-22nd a very successful
workshop was conducted in Kano Nigeria. The workshop was initiated by Dr Bene
Benard from Nigeria and Dr Caecilie Buhmann from Denmark with the purpose of training
20 new trainers in topics of violent conflict and health. The training was to
be conducted in such a way that the participants would be able to conduct trainings
themselves after the 3-day workshop. The workshop was sponsored by Danish Physicans
Against Nuclear Weapons, Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Dr Aminu Mohammed, Dr Daniel
Bassey, the IPPNW International Student Fund and The Society of Nigerian Doctors
for the Welfare of Mankind (SNDWM). A group of Nigerian students and doctors in
training had made all practical arrangements for the workshop. International Student
representative Agyeno Ehase not only made a great effort in the preparations,
but will also with regional representatives and Dr Caecilie Buhmann bring the
initiative international in the student movement. The students were supported
by IPPNW Co-president Dr Ime John and SNDWM Dr Aminu Mohammed, who both attended
parts of the workshop and without whom the workshop would not have become a reality.
During the three day programme Dr Ime John Presented on small arms and
nuclear weapons and Dr Chris Kwaja presented on humanitarian assistance, refugees
and protection of human rights in complex emergencies. Dr Caecilie Buhmann conducted
4 2-hour modules on Globalization & Health, Peace through
Health, Health & Human Rights and Advocacy and Dialogue.
Each of the modules was manualized during the training and the last day the participants
conducted test trainings of all 4 manuals under the supervision of Dr Buhmann.
The outcomes of the workshop thereby include the training of 30 medical students
and doctors in training from all over Nigeria, the piloting of 4 training
of trainers modules on topics relevant for peace through health and written
manuals on each of the topics. The workshop participants left inspired and full
of ideas of how they could pass their knowledge and training skills on to others.
At a future session in the end of the training suggestions were made for training
medical students, communities prone to conflict, school teachers, secondary school
students and professionals. Plans were made for forming new IPPNW groups in various
parts of the country and to use the training modules at local, national, regional
and international meetings of medical students and IPPNW. Participants were asked
to grade the training on a scale from 0 to 10 and it received an average score
of 8.7. Quotes from the evaluation forms include:
Quotes from participants
a world increasingly plagued by conflict, which undermine health and health service
delivery, it only makes sense for doctors to take active part in brokering peace.
The Peace through Health initiative shows them how.
Agyeno Ehase Sunday
Theres no epithet in any human language that can describe or
truly capture the exhilaration and fulfillment that I currently bask in following
the enrichment I got from the intellectual discourse that this training offered
This training not only trained me, but
inspired me to do the same. I have never felt more confident about myself. I started
with very little and got a lot back. I hope and pray to spread the message.
It was very nice, interactive, knowledgable, interesting,
fabulous. The nice words are endless
The days went very fast as if it should
never have ended, but like every good thing that happens in life, time consumes
it so fast. I have learned a lot, the methods of teaching were the best I have
heard in years. Keep it up I must say. I think with this I will be a better advocate,
a better teacher and a human rights activist. No improvements needed. All I would
say is a big thank you.
We came with little knowledge,
weve gained a lot. With knowledge comes power. We shall conquer!
Sani Abdulmumin Saaif
Human rights, peace advocacy and their related
issues are noble causes and even more noble is the teacher that ensures that the
world properly understands and apply their knowledge.
world has suffered many things because of the explosion of untrained people in
relevant circles of life. Training is essential for our quest for world peace
Some workshops are for attending, some
workshops are to get a certificate, while some are to be lived with. This workshop
is to be lived with because it is part of us.
training is exceptional, generally informative and sensational.
love the interaction classes and the use of communication between one another
instead of power point. The tutor was patient and was not quick to judge or condemn
our views, but accepted all views with a smile. I learned most importantly that
there is more to being a doctor than carrying a stethoscope.
snowball effect is the best way of telling humanity that change can be made.
I thought the issue of nuclear weapons is only an issue of the West, but now I
understand it affects the whole common humanity.
training brings youth together with the trainer, which taught us about how important
this issue of disarmament is for humanity. We will be the decision-makers and
leaders of tomorrow, so the concept is catch them young and we were