NEARLY HALF OF WOMEN IN ZAMBIA SUFFER FROM GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE

LUSAKA– The Permanent Secretary in Zambia’s Ministry of Health, Jabbin Mulwanda, has revealed that 47 per cent of women in Zambia have experienced Gender Based Violence (GBV) and out of the reported cases, 10 per cent are cases of sexual violence.

Dr. Mulwanda states that less than 40 per cent of the sexually abused had made their reports late and hence did not have access to health facilities.

He was speaking at the launch of a campaign called Every Hour Matters, organized by humanitarian aid organization World Vision and the United States President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), as well as other co-operating companies, here over the weekend.

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 that every hour matters for survivors of GBV.

He added that the campaign creates awareness of the one-stop centers which offer key health services to GBV victims.

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 to prevent unwanted pregnancy.

He said all the preventive medicines are available at the one-stop centers at no charge.

World Vision Director for Integrated Programmes Wezi Kaira explained that the campaign calls on national and community leaders to ensure comprehensive services are available in all communities.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK