Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a medical emergency. Survivors of SGBV require immediate medical care in order to limit some of the serious consequences to their health, such as unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Violence can also affect the mental health of survivors, and lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
WHAT WE DO
In November 2015, MSF opened Umeed Ki Kiran, a community-based clinic in North Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. In line with the national protocol, the 24×7 clinic provides quality treatment (treatment of injuries, prevention of HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases) to survivors of sexual violence, rape and domestic violence. In addition, our counsellors offer psychosocial support to reduce the risk of psychological complications which can occur as a result of violence.
MSF continued to work with community-based organisations, police, government protection agencies, Health Ministry and other stakeholders to highlight the clinic’s services and create an efficient referral system to receive and refer victims that need help. The Delhi Commission for Women, Deputy Commissioner of Police- North-West Delhi, Delhi Commission for Protection of Child Rights, Child Welfare Committee, and Special Police Unit for Women and Children officially recognised MSF’s Umeed Ki Kiran clinic and utilise the services as and when needed.
Through a successful collaboration with the Directorate of Education, an interactive puppet show was exhibited at six government schools where school children were educated on child sexual abuse. Trainings were also organised for police and auxiliary nurse midwives (ANMs) to sensitise them on the issue. The clinic continued to provide holistic medical and psychological care to victims who sought help.