14 December 2012

Rwanda: Isange One Stop Center a Solution to GBV

Isange One Stop Center, with the word Isange has tremendously helped address Gender Based Violence cases in the country.

The Center which operates under the Police Hospital in Kacyiru was established in 2009 by the Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with Imbuto Foundation and the United Nations (UN).

It provides medical, legal and psycho-social services such as counseling to victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV), provide free services for survivors of child domestic abuse and Gender-Based Violence (GBV).

The Director of Police Hospital, ACP Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa said that the hospital provides free medical-legal services to victims of child domestic abuse and Gender Based Violence.

The Police hospital further disclosed that it has embarked on partnering with other hospitals so the issue of GBV can be collectively handled.

"Last year we trained doctors from different Hospitals across the country, to raise awareness on GBV," said Nyamwasa explaining that the intention is to ensure that GBV is holistically addressed.

He noted that plans are also underway to decentralize the One-Stop Center to all districts in the country such that they can get closer to the community as well reach out to a number of victims receiving the services, thus increasing the resilience of the victims and their families.

He disclosed that in bid to expand the hospital's services, Rwanda National Police is building a fifty-roomed modern structure which is expected to have fifteen laboratories.

Nyamwasa added that the new building which will be fully capacitated with lots of medical equipment will by all means help to address the vice.

In an effort to sustainably address GBV, Rwanda National Police in partnership with Care International trained about 2319, all members of Community Policing Committees those from Anti- GBV clubs in Nyanza District recently.

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