Practice-based learning: Integrating SGBV screening into health facilities in refugee contexts
Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) “screening” refers to the standardized assessment of clients for SGBV incidents, regardless of reasons for presenting at a health facility. This practice has been shown to be feasible and effective in various countries and contexts in the East and Southern African region, resulting in proactive identification of female survivors, and their successful referrals for comprehensive SGBV care. In the last decade, health facilities in the region have been increasingly eager to incorporate such screening within the normal protocols of their health-care providers. In collaboration with the Population Council-led Africa Regional SGBV Network, the UNHCR East, Horn of Africa, and Great Lakes (EHAGL) Africa Bureau has worked to integrate SGBV screening protocols within its country operations since 2017. Sauti/VOICE Program Brief 4 outlines practical lessons from training and implementation efforts in refugee settings.
Undie, Chi-Chi, Josephine Ngebeh, Joanina Karugaba, Harriet Birungi, and Michael Mbizvo. 2019. "Practice-based learning: Integrating SGBV screening into health facilities in refugee contexts," Sauti/VOICE Program Brief no. 4. Nairobi: UNHCR EHAGL Africa Bureau and Population Council.
‘SAUTI’/VOICE: Violence Response and Prevention through Information, Communication, and Evidence
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