ACTIVITY: 3-DAY CAPACITY BUILDING WORKSHOP
TARGET GROUP: HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS AT AKOKO S/WEST LGA.
A three-day capacity building workshop was organized by CEFAID, Oka for the Health Care Providers in Akoko
S/west to improve and strengthen their knowledge and skills with a view to promoting better services in the areas
of adolescent reproductive health and to achieve HIV/AIDS prevention among adolescent and young people
within and outside the local government. And also to introduce the principle
of adolescent friendly health services to health care providers.
The workshop commenced with Executive Director welcoming the participants to the workshop, after which a
brief session of introduction followed where participants and facilitators got to introduced themselves.
After the sessions on aims, objectives and ground rules, Dr. Alo gave a brief overview of adolescent
problems at different stages, meaning of adolescent, roles of parents and health care providers in adolescent
health issues. The ED facilitated the session on Sexuality education. She defined sexuality education as the
totality of whom one is and what makes one a complete human being, she clarified that it goes beyond sex. She
encouraged participants to freely discuss this topic because it will help them in counseling and communicating
effectively as health care providers.
The second day of the workshop started with brief reflections on the issues discussed the first day. Dr
Alo led the participants through the session on harmful traditional practices. He identified some
of the practices like tribal marks, early marriage, widowhood practice and female genital mutilation. He
described these practices as barbaric which are not scientifically proven or biblically supported. He charged
health care providers to discourage parents from such practices.
Mrs Okurinmeta (Executive Director) facilitated the session on sexual attitude and values clarification.
This session centered on values, how to clarify values, pricing values and sources of value etc. She also discussed
issues in communication; the meaning, channels and characteristics of good communicator. She categorized types of
communication into human, animal and machine.
Mrs. Funke Aruna shared ideas about counseling and its techniques. According her, counseling can be
defined as a client – centered interactive communication process which helps one to make free and informed
decisions about their personal behaviour and provides support to sustain that behaviour. The session also explored
qualities of a good counselor. A counseling exercise was dramatized to illustrate the points of the
THIRD DAY: 9th of September, 2005
The third day began with the participants reflecting briefly on the key learning points of the previous
day. The ED guided participants through the principles of adolescent health services. She mentioned laid emphasis
on health care providers giving youth-friendly services to the youth, these, she
said must be quality, accessible and affordable to the youth.
Apex, a facilitator, took the participants through the facility and reception/client flow procedure. He
explained that the best way Health Care Provider, HCP, should attend to their clients for continuous patronage
their Health Care centers; HCP must be accommodating, have good listening skills, be knowledgeable, non judgmental
He also mentioned that health care facilities must be youth focused and friendly. The seating room must be
well arranged to suit the youth. The chairs and tables must be well positioned for closeness. A playlet was acted
to illustrate the issues raised in the session.
Mrs. Funke Aruna, shared knowledge on general adolescent history
taking. She explained the important elements of history taking which included; creating rapport, making people
happy and confidentiality etc. |Finally, history taking will help you to know more about your clients for good
counseling and recommendations.
A facilitator, Mr. Funso Aluko, took the participants through the session on conflict resolution and
management. He said we can not do without conflict because when two or more people gather together they generate
news ideals and there will be differences in their perceptions. This will lead to conflict.
Conflict can come up in any place at anytime e.g. church, organization, school etc. Therefore we should be
ready to manage crisis at every time. He also explained how to write a report. He mentioned types of report as
financial report, summary report etc.
Mr. Folami kunle discussed the issues of leadership; who is a leader, qualities and types of a leader.
The workshop is well organized and successfully executed by the
Management should put the constraints observations, recommendations into consideration for the success of
the subsequent workshop.