This document contains an executive summary of “A step-by-step guide to strengthening sexual violence services in public health facilities: Lessons and tools from sexual violence services in Africa.” Sexual violence (SV) is a serious health and human rights problem across Africa that disproportionately affects women and girls. Survivors require comprehensive and sensitive care to mitigate the negative health consequences of SV, minimize psychological trauma, and promote long-term reintegration and recovery. Despite high levels of sexual violence and a growing recognition of the need to improve the management of rape and sexual assault, many public health facilities in Africa do not currently have capacity to provide comprehensive, patient-centered SV care to adult and child survivors. The guide provides practical guidance on the steps necessary to establish and strengthen SV services within existing public health facilities, improve linkages to other sectors, and engage local communities around issues of sexual violence. The eight steps included in the guide are summarized in this document.
Keesbury, Jill and Jill Thompson. 2010. "Executive summary: A step-by-step guide to strengthening sexual violence services in public health facilities." Lusaka: Population Council.
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