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Tanzania report reveals extent of violence against children
This post from the UK Guardian Poverty Matters Blog, discusses a new breakthrough study conducted in Tanzania and put out by the Muhimbili University in Dar es Salaam and the CDC. Study findings note that close to 75% of all children had been exposed to some type of violence before reaching adulthood. In addition, the researchers note that reports show that violence exposure in childhood can cause numerous social and emotional problems for the rest of the child’s development.
The outcomes of the Tanzanian study also parallel the findings of the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NATSCEV) and The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study which also reiterate that children coming into contact with violence and trauma may experience long-term detrimental effects, sometimes in spite of their natural resilience. The NATSCEV in particular notes that, “All too often, however, children who are exposed to violence undergo lasting physical, mental, and emotional harm. They suffer from difficulties with attachment, regressive behavior, anxiety and depression, and aggression and conduct problems. They may be more prone to dating violence, delinquency, further victimization, and involvement with the child welfare and juvenile justice systems” (NATSCEV 2).
Finally, several nations are working to address children’s exposure to violence through studies and legislation. In early 2008, Swaziland was the first African country to conduct a survey of the level of violence exposure of women and children. More recently, in June 2011, in Australia a study was released reiterating that the idea, that children exposed to domestic violence are experiencing a form of child abuse, is becoming a more widely accepted thought. Also, early this month Tanzania committed itself to strengthening laws against violence exposure.
Witnessing or directly experiencing violence, especially children, is becoming a widely recognized problem on the international level. Cultural and emotional barriers exist all over the world which inhibit the recognition and treatment of the effects of this exposure, particularly the mental and emotional health of the survivor. This new study demonstrates the ongoing breakdown of the taboos that surround discussion and treatment of this issue. Such progress is the first step in increasing awareness and supporting prevention, and creating a more trauma-informed global society.
Other Related Studies and Links:
Safe Start Center
Research Studies and Reports
UNICEF United Republic of Tanzania
Violence Against Children: United Nations Secretary-General’s Study
Ten Things Everyone Should Know About Violence Against Children and Young Women in Swaziland
A Brief from UNICEF Swaziland
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence Against Children Praises Tanzania’s work pioneering work in data and research on violence against children!
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Maternal and Child Health Leadership Skills Development Series
The John’s Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is offering a Maternal and Child Health Leadership Development Series for the public. This series offers an online tutorial on the conceptual framework needed to help build the neccessary leadership skills required for those working in this field. This framework helps participants to use the skills they learn from the series to develop and create personalized training sessions which can be completed at their own pace and according to their specific needs. A clear outline and description of the training modules used in the series is located here on the site.
Many organizations and groups have difficulty forming a clear and shared vision for themselves that will motivate staff and encourage program growth. This series is an excellent example of a leadership training that can be adapted to each individual person or program’s cultural needs and help the participants reach success. The ease of adaptability and compatibility of a training program with an individual’s or organization’s cultural needs is vital to its success whether it is a community organization, Federal agency, or non-profit.
More information and resources on a variety of trainings and curriculum related to child health and wellness can be found here:
Resources on Training and Curricula
Zero to Three Training and Professional Development