Identifying Violence and Responding with First-Line Support course is designed to help health workers care for women who have been subjected to violence in the context of HIV. This course equips health workers with knowledge and skills to identify the abused victims as they attend to their health needs.

This training is proposed to address girls and women’s immediate and long-term health challenges resulting from violence at all times; both obvious and hidden.

It is a modular course that targets all aspects/forms of violence that can be physical, sexual or emotional. These can be inflicted by a partner or any other perpetrator.

The content will be covered in four modules that have been subdivided into 12 sessions.

Purpose of the course

The course aims to build the capacity of health workers to identify violence and respond with first–line support.

Specific course objectives

By the end of this course, trainees should be able to:

  • Describe gender based violence trauma
  • Identify patients experiencing gender based violence
  • Manage gender based violence in the context of HIV
  • Respond and provide first line support
  • Describe vicarious trauma and self-care

Course roadmap

This is a blended online modular course subdivided into 12 sessions and video conferencing tutorials. Each week will be allocated a module and it is expected that all sessions and assessments within be completed in the same week. There will be weekly introductory interactive video conferencing tutorials to orient participants on the week’s module. These will be both facilitator and participant-led to encourage participation and will be recorded to be re-watched later if needed.

Course Evaluation:

The course evaluation will be in three parts:

  • Weekly quizzes will be conducted at the end of each module consisting of 10 multiple-choice questions (1 mark each) that will contribute 70% of the final mark. Quizzes must be completed by the end of each week (Sunday) before the closure of the particular module. The quiz will have one attempt so ensure that you read thoroughly before attempting the quiz.
  • Weekly discussion forums will be held during which participants are required to post one submission regarding the weekly discussion topic, and thereafter, thoughtfully respond to a classmate’s post (1.5 marks each week)). Vague and unthoughtful one-word responses like “YES” and “I AGREE” will not be considered. Discussions must be completed by the end of the week following the closure of the particular session. Active participation on the discussion forum as guided, will contribute a total 10 marks towards the final mark.
  • Participants are expected to attend 70% of the Zoom sessions and this will contribute 20% of the final course score.

Trainers’ description: Trainers’ description: Trainers will include a team of experts from IDI cutting across different disciplines of the course.


Certificates of completion will be awarded to trainees who participate in at least 70% of the online sessions and have a final score of 70% or more in the course assessments.


Dr. Paul Buyego – MBchB, MMED

Irene Ideu – Social worker, GBV Specialist

Supported by the eLearning team


Week 0

Orientation to the eLearning platform

Week 1

Module 1: Overview of HIV, Violence, and Trauma, Survivor Testimony (Youtube Video), Trauma (Youtube Video)

Week 2

Module 2: Identifying Violence, Asking about Violence, Universal Screening and Clinical Enquiry

Week 3

Module 3: Responding to Violence Using (LIV)ES, Responding to Violence Using LIV(ES), LIVES Role-Play #1 (Video), LIVES Role-Play #2 (Video)

Week 4

Module 4: Vicarious Trauma and Self-Care, Self-Care (Youtube Video)


The learning content is part of the 2020 CDC Training Program, Identifying Violence and Responding with First-Line Support during PEPFAR Programming (LIVES), developed by the CDC/Division of Global HIV & TB/Gender & Youth Team. It has been modified into the online format by the e-Learning team of Infectious Diseases Institute’s Training and Capacity Development department. The content presented in this course has been extensively updated to reflect current Ministry of Health gender based violence guidelines.

This course is sponsored by the West Nile HIV/AIDS Project Under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief through scale up of evidence based and high impact interventions towards the achievement of UNAIDS 90:90:90 targets) funded by CDC-PEPFAR through cooperative agreement number 6 NU2GGH002022.

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