Beek, K., Whelan, A. & Dawson, A. 2017, 'A review of factors affecting the transfer of sexual and reproductive health training into practice in low and lower-middle income country humanitarian settings', Conflict and Health, vol. 11, no. 16, pp. 1-12.View/Download from: UTS OPUS or Publisher's site
Background: A lack of access to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) care is the leading cause of morbidity and
mortality among displaced women and girls of reproductive age. Efforts to address this public health emergency
in humanitarian settings have included the widespread delivery of training programmes to address gaps in health
worker capacity for SRH. There remains a lack of data on the factors which may affect the ability of health workers
to apply SRH knowledge and skills gained through training programmes in humanitarian contexts.
Methods: We searched four electronic databases and ten key organizations' websites to locate literature on SRH
training for humanitarian settings in low and lower-middle income countries. Papers were examined using content
analysis to identify factors which contribute to health workers' capacity to transfer SRH knowledge, skills and
attitudes learned in training into practice in humanitarian settings.
Results: Seven studies were included in this review. Six research papers focused on the response stage of
humanitarian crises and five papers featured the disaster context of conflict. A range of SRH components were
addressed including maternal, newborn health and sexual violence. The review identified factors, including
appropriate resourcing, organisational support and confidence in health care workers that were found to facilitate
the transfer of learning. The findings suggest the presence of factors that moderate the transfer of training at the
individual, training, organisational, socio-cultural, political and health system levels.
Conclusion: Supportive strategies are necessary to best assist trainees to apply newly acquired knowledge and
skills in their work settings. These interventions must address factors that moderate the success of learning transfer.
Findings from this review suggest that these are related to the individual trainee, the training program itself and
the workplace as well as the broader environmental cont...
Beek, K.M., Whelan, A. & Dawson, A. 2013, Stories and Strategies - Public Health Emergencies: Lessons Learned from Pilot Phase of the SPRINT Initiative in Asia Pacific Region..View/Download from: UTS OPUS
Inadequate human resourcesboth in numbers and qualityare a well documented limitation to effective responses to public health emergencies. Although significant progress has been made in the past 15 years, the literature reveals that the lack of trained health workers continues to exacerbate the marginalised emergency response to sexual and reproductive health (SRH) needs. A comprehensive response to public health, including SRH care, is essential to minimise death, illness and disability in an emergency.