LUSAKA – At today’s launch of the Ng’ombe Clinic One-Stop Center, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID) announced an additional $10.2 million in funding to fight gender-based violence and give survivors greater access to clinical services. These supplementary funds, provided by DFID through USAID, will, with the support of the Ministry of Health, double the number of one-stop centers across Zambia from 8 to 16.
Gender-based violence (GBV) is a serious global health and human rights scourge that knows no social, economic, or political boundaries. The Zambian government is taking great strides to combat GBV and encourages international partners to join the fight. The 2007 Zambia Demographic and Health Survey indicated that almost half of all women suffered some form of physical violence. One-stop centers have been set up to help survivors of GBV. Today, USAID, with funding from the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), DFID, and the Zambian government opened one-stop center No. 8 in the Ng’ombe compound area of Lusaka. The new center is administered by World Vision through the GBV Survivor Support project, which is one of three U.S. and U.K. government-funded sexual- and gender-based violence prevention and response programs in Zambia.
“The United States is pleased to join the Ministry of Health’s fight against GBV through the continued expansion of the one-stop centers at health clinics,” commented USAID/Zambia Mission Director Dr. Susan K. Brems. “Through the Zambian government’s initiative and leadership in placing medical care and access to police and legal services in one location, together we are able to serve the broader community. People at every level have a role to play in stopping gender-based violence in their communities.”
The Head of DFID Zambia, Kevin Quinlan, added, “Globally one in three women is beaten or sexually abused in her lifetime. Violence is used to intimidate, humiliate and discredit women, forcing them into silent second-class citizenship. The time for suffering in silence is over. That is why the U.K. government is pleased to support the Zambian government to eliminate gender-based violence in the country.”
As a successful model for an integrated response to sexual- and gender-based violence, the one-stop centers are the first of their kind in Zambia and have been developed to ensure prompt and comprehensive services to survivors of violence. Each one-stop center offers survivors a multitude of services: medical help from professionals; collection of criminal evidence by police; legal advice and crime reporting guidance; and psychological care through counseling and access to survivor support groups.
In addition to the GBV Survivor Support project, USAID, through PEPFAR and DFID, funds the GBV Access to Justice and GBV Prevention and Advocacy projects. With $27.4 million in funding over a five-year period, from 2013 to 2018, the three GBV projects will reach five million adults and children with preventive messages, assist 47,000 survivors, and train 160 police and 65 prosecutorial personnel.