Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a global predicament to which over a third of women worldwide are exposed. Its negative consequences for reproductive, maternal, adolescent, and mental health are well-documented, however there is sparse evidence for the feasibility of SGBV screening interventions in emergency contexts. Employing a descriptive case study design, this study assessed the feasibility of implementing SGBV screening and referral protocols within health facilities in the emergency setting in Western Uganda. Providers from two health facilities were trained to screen female clients routinely for current exposure to intimate partner violence and lifetime exposure to nonpartner sexual violence. The study findings suggest that routine screening for SGBV can be carried out in emergency settings and lead to four key recommendations for strengthening SGBV screening protocols, and for addressing gaps in SGBV programming more broadly.
Undie, Chi-Chi, Harriet Birungi, Jane Harriet Namwebya, Wossen Taye, Lilian Maate, Margaret Mak'anyengo, Anne Katahoire, David Apollo Kazungu, Darlson Kusasira, Zahra Mirghani, and Joanina Karugaba. 2016. "Screening for sexual and gender-based violence in emergency settings in Uganda: An assessment of feasibility." Nairobi: Population Council.
Addressing SGBV among Vulnerable Populations in East and Southern Africa
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