Kenya: Supporting Survivors of Violence and Coercion (April 2007)


In Kenya, PEPFAR supports the Gender Violence Recovery Centre, a program the Nairobi Women’s Hospital launched in 2001. The Centre provides specialized medical services, including post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) and psychological treatment to survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse, as well as HIV counseling and testing and medical care for rape survivors. The Emergency Plan supports the cost of PEP for the Centre. The Centre also works with the community to raise awareness of the problem of gender-based violence, assists the police in apprehension of perpetrators, and makes appropriate referrals for survivors. With Emergency Plan support, additional activities include increasing the number of health facilities to institutionalize PEP; supporting awareness- raising activities on gender-based violence and rape management; and establishing rape desks in Rift Valley and Coast Provinces.


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