Within the framework of the ORAMMA project, the first training programme for the Health Care Professionals (HCPs) was organised by the Athens Midwifery School (coordinator of ORAMMA project) on 26 & 27 of January at the General Maternity District Hospital of “Helena Venizelou” in Athens. Purpose of this training was to enrich HCPs’ knowledge on targeted health care needs of migrant and refugee pregnant women and to prepare them to deliver adequate culturally sensitive maternity care in line with the ORAMMA approach.
Forty-nine (49) HCPs participated in the two- day training (65,3% attended both days). The majority of HCPs participated in the training were midwives working in camps, hotspots, NGOs and similar EU projects (Philos), as well as social workers, and medical doctors.
The training programme consisted of an introductory section to the ORAMMA project, mini lectures and group discussions about social integration and health care of migrant and refugees, cultural competence, empowerment of migrant pregnant women on decision making, midwifery care and social support of migrant and refugee pregnant women during perinatal period, breastfeeding support during the fasting month of Ramadan and communication techniques and counseling principles. The training program included also ice breaker exercises and various interactive activities such as group discussions, case scenarios, simulation exercises, exchange of experiences and video projection.