Building local capacity to provide holistic services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Mali
As armed conflict and insecurity continue to threaten the populations in the northern region of Mali, women and girls in the North and surrounding regions remain particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The FCI Program of MSH continues to build on its work with local officials, healthcare providers, and communities of the Mopti region in central Mali to prevent and respond to SGBV, female genital mutilation, and child marriage, with support from UNICEF (October 2016 to April 2017) and the SGBV Humanitarian Subcluster (awarded through UNFPA for an initial period from July to December 2017). The FCI Program of MSH works with trained village focal points to refer SGBV survivors from 59 villages to free medical and psychosocial services at 9 referral hospitals and pharmacies in Mopti. The FCI Program of MSH also trains health center staff to provide confidential, safe, and respectful care and to collect data on cases of SGBV. To ensure survivors of SGBV receive quality, respectful, dignified care, the FCI Program of MSH is also introducing a process to collect feedback and perspectives from clients on the quality of services they received.
As effective SGBV prevention and response require concerted community action, the FCI Program of MSH recruits and engages women and men village focal points who reach community members and traditional and religious leaders with messages on the elimination of FGM and child marriage. Village focal points broadcast SGBV prevention and response messages--as well as information for accessing holistic care--on community radio stations in French, Bamanankan, Fulfuldé (Peuhl) and Dogosso.