Post-Rape Care : Capacity Of Health Personal Reinforced

A project to prevent and respond to Gender Based Violence (GBV) has officially closed in Yaounde.

Results of a project to build the capacity of health facilities and workers in providing post-rape violence care while preventing and responding to Gender Based Violence (GBV) was officially presented in Yaounde on Wednesday August 14, 2019. During a workshop to close the project titled: “Preventing and Responding to GBV in Children and Adolescent Populations in Cameroon” and to provide technical guidance to the Ministry of Public Health for ownership and continuity, it was revealed that some 139 health care providers have been trained in clinical rape management, 47 of whom were trained as regional trainers. 
Results also indicated that some members of community-based organisations were also trained in case finding and referral of rape cases.  In addition, 25 on-site data processors were trained in data management, monitoring and evaluation of post-rape violence and GBV. The one-year project, spearheaded by the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF), with grants from CDC/PEPFAR took place from April 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019. The project was implemented in six health districts, three in the Centre Region (Nkolndongo, Cite Verte, Djoungolo) and three in the Littoral Region (Deido, Nylon and New Bell). During the entire period of the project, Dr Veronique Mbou, a gynaecologist with the Yaounde Emergency Hospital said, EGPAF supported the Ministry of Public Health in developing programmatic tools; build the capacity of health care providers and community health workers on clinical management of rape and psychological follow up of GBV survivors to a comprehensive package of care. The project also developed referral directories, designed and implemented a monitoring and evolution system for rape victims.  
The Representative of the Minister of Public Health, Professor Robinson Mbu, who is also Director of Family Health at the Ministry of Public Health, said before the arrival of the project, the medial corps in the country was already handling rape cases. The end of the project, he underlined, does not mean the end of such cases. “We will continue with the management of rape cases based on the documents culled from the project, especially given that, the project has trained more health personnel on the clinical management of rape.” 



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