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Women’s Health—What’s New Worldwide: Baseline Assessment of the Readiness of Health Facilities to Respond to Gender-Based Violence in Guinea

Citation

Kirtley, Shona & Thorp, John M., Jr. (2012). Women’s Health—What’s New Worldwide: Baseline Assessment of the Readiness of Health Facilities to Respond to Gender-Based Violence in Guinea. BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 119(8), 1025-1027.

Abstract

This US Agency for International Development baseline assessment report has been produced as part of the RESPOND Project Study Series and reports on a programme to tackle gender-based sexual violence in Guinea. The report states that results from a 2009 survey indicate that between 13% and 52% (depending upon geographical region) of Guinean women aged between 15 and 64 years have been raped. The programme, begun in 2009, involves the delivery of a package of interventions including: to provide survivors of 28 September 2009 (when a series of brutal rapes were carried out in Conakry) with medical care, psychosocial services and reintegration support; to build capacity to ensure that local organisations and services can implement effective gender-based violence prevention programmes; to improve the role of the health service in responding to sexual violence; to train and support healthcare workers at referral sites; to monitor and document results; to perform a baseline assessment of healthcare facilities. This report presents the results of the baseline assessment involving interviews with 21 facility managers and 120 healthcare providers (including doctors, nurses, midwives and health technicians) based in 21 different health facilities in Conakry, Kissidougou and Labé. The interviews were conducted to assess current practice in terms of the gender-based sexual violence training provided and of the ability of both health professionals and health services to respond to such violence in terms of services, equipment, supplies, knowledge, attitudes and skills. Key recommendations are presented for inclusion in the sexual violence training programme, including: selection of participants and trainers; sexual violence knowledge and skills; sexual violence attitudes; confidentiality and consent; referrals; commodities, equipment and supplies and recommendations are also outlined for the Health Ministry and partner organisations.

URL

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1471-0528.2012.03417.x

Reference Type

Journal Article

Year Published

2012

Journal Title

BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology

Author(s)

Kirtley, Shona
Thorp, John M., Jr.