Wednesday, 02 October 2013 16:59

GBV centre established in Kisumu

Written by Angela Oketch

More than 500 survivors of Gender Based Violence within Nyanza and beyond are set to benefit from an established Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre in Kisumu.

The Centre based at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital (JOOTRH) is the first in Nyanza and Western region and will provide  comprehensive care services to the victims.

 

The one stop Centre will see survivors receive medical, psycho-social and legal services. In an interview, Kisumu County Director for Social  Development Jane Obiero said that the centre comes at an opportune moment following reports that Nyanza and Western have the highest rates  of gender-based violence (GBV) cases in Kenya.

“Kisumu County government plans to come up legislation, raise awareness and engage in advocacy as well as provision of post sexual violence    services in health facilities,” said Ms Obiero.

She said the Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG) has come up with an integrated and comprehensive way of addressing GBV in the County.

“Gender Based violence (GBV) has been recognized as a serious global health, human rights and developmental issue worldwide and thus should be  accorded attention by the county government as well,” she said.

“Lack of integrated medical-legal services and community ownership of services has been identified as a challenge in addressing  GBV coupled with the fact that there are few programmes that provide integrated care for survivors of  GBV in Kenya,” said Ms Obiero.

She added that the Gender Based Violence Recovery Centre was constructed with support from KEMRI/CDC who funded construction of the  building and hired interim staff for a year at a cost USD 200,000.

Gender Technical Working Group (GTWG) has been mandated to provide support to ensure that the Centre meets its objective.

Kisumu County Governor Jack Ranguma officially opened the Centre whose theme is “A coordinated response to Gender Based Violence” with sub    theme “A violence free society.

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