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. 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.
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: http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/capacitybuilding/mentor_vip/
For more information contact Dr David Meddings (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Etienne Krug, MD, MPH, Director, Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention, World Health Organization E-mail: email@example.com