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MENTOR-VIP: helping develop key skills for injury and violence prevention
  1. D R Meddings
  1. Dr D Meddings, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health, World Health Organization, 20 Avenue Appia, CH-1211 Geneva 27, Switzerland; meddingsd{at}

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Many readers of this journal will already be familiar with TEACH-VIP, a modular injury and violence prevention curriculum developed by WHO and a global network of experts. Fewer may be aware of MENTOR-VIP, a global injury and violence prevention mentoring programme designed to foster skills development through exchange of experience between a more skilled or experienced person and a person seeking to develop those skills. The skills development objectives of MENTOR-VIP complement the training objectives of TEACH-VIP, and the two programmes together serve as a strong basis for addressing the human resource component of capacity building.

MENTOR-VIP is now in its second year of a 2-year pilot phase. The programme runs on a fixed calendar basis, with applications for people wishing to be mentored opening on the WHO website in mid-February each year and closing in mid-May. In early June of each year, the MENTOR-VIP Core …

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