WHO's global mentoring programme, MENTOR-VIP, is designed to assist junior injury prevention practitioners to develop specific skills through structured collaboration with a more experienced person who has volunteered to act as a mentor. Since its inception in 2007, more than 70 mentorships on a range of violence and injury topics have been undertaken.
MENTOR-VIP is a global injury and violence prevention mentoring programme. It has been developed through the efforts of WHO and a network of global injury prevention experts. Mentoring allows for skills development through exchange of experience between a more skilled or experienced person and a person seeking to develop those skills. Whereas the TEACH-VIP training curriculum provides a strong basis for transferring knowledge to a wide variety of training audiences, MENTOR-VIP offers an opportunity for individuals committed to the injury area to further develop key skills. TEACH-VIP and MENTOR-VIP therefore have different objectives and potential target audiences while providing complementary approaches to capacity building.
Recent collaborations include:
- Review and situation analysis of poisoning; development of an intervention strategy or plan for poisoning prevention in Bangladesh;
- Hospital-based bedside counselling to prevent child injury in China;
- Study of pedestrian knowledge, attitudes and behaviour around a busy highway in India;
- Gap/problem analysis of a national injury surveillance system and improvements to surveillance system design and implementation in Jamaica;
- Literature review of child injury and application of Haddon's Matrix to case series in Pakistan;
- Social acceptability of barriers to prevent drowning in children and publication of papers summarizing drowning prevention in the Philippines;
- Linkage of data on road traffic injuries using police and hospital data and development of a policy brief in Romania;
- Preparation of research proposal on psycho-social factors related to suicide in South Africa;
- School area road safety assessments for primary school children in United Republic of Tanzania.
Read MENTOR-VIP programme document.
MENTOR-VIP is an excellent opportunity for committed injury and violence prevention practitioners to improve their skills and benefit from the guidance of a more practiced mentor. Applicants who wish to apply to be mentored during 2016-2017, or individuals who would like to volunteer to be mentors, may find out more information about MENTOR-VIP by visiting this link
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