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 Zambia Launches Four New One-Stop Centers Providing Essential Services for Gender-Based Violence Survivors

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Zambia’s Minister of Health and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i David Young launched four new Gender-Based Violence (GBV) One-Stop Centers in four districts – Kitwe, Mufulira, Sesheke and Solwezi — yesterday in a virtual event hosted at the Ministry of Health.

These One-Stop Centers provide survivors of GBV with care such as psychosocial support, referrals to shelters, legal services, HIV testing, HIV post-exposure prophylaxis, and linkage to HIV treatment.

Speaking during yesterday’s event, Chargé d’Affaires Young said, “Together with the Zambian government, we have established 28 fully operational One-Stop Centers for comprehensive GBV response and care. We have trained magistrates, police officers, and doctors to improve access to justice for child survivors. We have challenged GBV norms through the widespread implementation of evidence-based programs, and together, we have trained close to 100 chiefs and 340 headmen, induna, and traditional leaders to identify and respond to GBV in their own communities.”

During the event, the Ministry of Health launched new standard operating procedures and Health Management Information System indicators that will help better track and manage GBV cases.

Honorable Minister of Health Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, speaking during the event said, “The documents launched today are a great milestone in this country as GBV services will be tracked at each health facility with data that will inform the nation in terms of policy direction and quality post- gender-based violence service provision due to this standardization process and product we have today.”

Dr. Chilufya said he welcomed the support offered by the American people through the USAID Stop GBV project, which is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID.

“Your support in developing these standard operating procedures are targeted at complementing Government’s work in creating an enabling environment for gender-based violence prevention, better service delivery through quality post-gender-based violence care for survivors, and better accessibility to justice by the citizens particularly survivors of gender-based violence,” he said.

The USAID Stop GBV program is a five-year, $17 million program implemented by the Zambia Center for Communication Programmes. The program uses community mobilization programs to promote changes in gender norms, strengthen the capacity of local systems to respond to GBV, and support one-stop GBV response care. The goal of the project is to strengthen and expand opportunities for all Zambians, regardless of age or gender, to live lives free of GBV and enjoy healthy, gender-equitable relationships.

10 COMMENTS

  1. President Lungu and his government has a kind heart, they always implements such protects for protecting the people who are not accepted by few communities.

    • Keep cheating yourselves. These centers will never work. But every Police Station in the country keeps an eye out for anyone who defames the President. For Police this is more important than GBV

  2. Gender based violence or any type of violence is completely not acceptable in this country because Zambians and their President hate it.

  3. The One-Stop Centers will provide great help for the survivors of GBV, and health minister is there to provide with better and advance health facilities to them if needed.

  4. American people coming forward and helping people living here in Zambia. But some opposition and their supporters trying to defame their own government.

  5. Together we will make a beautiful Zambia, where every human being can live freely in peace. Thank You President Lungu for showing this confidence in us.

  6. We all are children of God! We should not distinguish between gender, age and physically challenged people. Gald that my government is spreading this message and even protecting them with care.

  7. Mmmmmmm
    Is this a new post in Zambia? The report says: Zambia’s Minister of Health and U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, a.i
    This Minister of health and US charge dAffaires is Mr David Young?

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