Ministry of Health Permanent Secretary Jabbin Mulwanda has revealed that 47 percent of women in Zambia have experienced Gender Based Violence and out of the reported cases 10 percent are sexual GBV.
Dr. Mulwanda stated that less than 40 percent of the sexually abused report late hence do not have access to health facilities.
He was speaking at the launch of a campaign called Every Hour Matters organized by World Vision and PEPFAR with other cooperating companies today.
The Every Hour Matters Campaign is a global advocacy campaign to raise awareness and spark action around the critical need for post-rape care.
The campaign amplifies a critical but little known message ‘every hour matters ‘for survivors of Gender Based Violence (GBV).
He added that the campaign creates awareness of the one stop centers which offer key health services to the GBV survivors.
Dr. Mulwanda explained that GBV survivors have 72 hours to receive Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) to prevent HIV infection and 120 hours to receive Emergency Contraceptives (EC) to prevent unwanted pregnancy.
He said all the preventive medicines are available in the one stop centers at no fee.
And World Vision Director for Integrated Programs Wezi Kaira explained that the campaign calls on national and community leaders to ensure comprehensive services are available in all communities.
He said most women do not have information of the health services they may benefit in an event of a sexually violence.