CARE’s SAFPAC (Supporting Access to Family Planning and Post-Abortion Care) projects on sexual and reproductive health are featured in an article published by Girl Globe, explaining the programs to fight gender-based violence in countries like Democratic Republic of Congo, Chad, and Mali.
Dr. Jean Nzau Mvuezolo, deputy director of the SAFPAC team, talks about the issue and the challenges of training doctors and community health workers to respond to cases of sexual violence.
“Sexual violence happens everywhere” Mvuezolo says. “But in places like these, where the government is weak and social structures are destroyed, it is easy to commit all sorts of human rights violations.”
“These doctors already know how to provide family planning and post-abortion care [from SAFPAC], so it’s not hard to teach them the rest. They should also know where to refer patients for psychological support and how to collect evidence for prosecution so the perpetrator can be held accountable” he adds.
Read the full story here.