Medical and Psychosocial Assistance to Survivors of Sexual Violence and Women in Need of Specialised Gynaecological Care in South Kivu
The SSV project at Panzi Hospital has been providing medical and psycho-social assistance to survivors of sexual violence and women with severe gynaecological conditions since 2004. During this period the project has admitted over 24,000 patients of which more than 14,000 have been survivors of sexual violence.
When a patient arrives at the hospital, she or he will be greeted by one of Panzi’s social assistants. A team of medical doctors, psychologists, nurses and trainers then work together to ensure that she receives the care that she needs. Apart from medical care the daily routine includes devotions and group therapy as well as various activities such as sewing, basket making and literacy training. As a part of the treatment at the hospital there is also additional family mediation, where one of the social assistants accompanies the patient back home.
The project also extends to rural areas through training of local health personnel in prevention and treatment of gynaecological conditions. This is essential in order to reduce the high number of fistula and other conditions related to inadequate maternal care in South Kivu.
Funding: European Commission and PMU