USHINDI is the Swahili word for victory, and the project focuses on Mwenga, Kitutu and Shabunda health zones areas in South Kivu. These areas have a high incidence of sexual violence, and few programs are meeting the needs of survivors there due to insecurity and inaccessibility. The project takes a holistic approach including medical, psychosocial, legal and economic support for survivors of violence and children born of rape. Specialised psychosocial assistance and medical care is provided to survivors and the project supplies medicines to a number of health posts in the remote areas of Mwenga, Kitutu and Shabunda. Activities involve training of community leaders, providers of health care, police and paralegals, social assistants, and community mobilizers. Legal advice, microfinance services and literacy training will also be offered to women through the USHINDI program.
Through community mobilization against domestic violence and training of local leaders, communities are expected to improve their capacity of identifying and responding to cases of gender based violence.
This project started in 2010 with financing from USAID and will run over five years in nine health zones in Eastern DRC. Panzi Foundation and HEAL Africa are the implementers of the project in South Kivu.
Financial Support: USAID
Project Implementation: Panzi Foundation DRC, IMA World Health