Building local capacity to provide holistic services to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Mali
In the northern region of Mali, women and girls remain particularly vulnerable to sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV). The FCI Program of MSH built 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 and the SGBV Humanitarian Subcluster (awarded through UNFPA). The FCI Program of MSH worked with trained village focal point individuals to refer SGBV survivors from 59 villages to free medical and psychosocial services at 9 referral hospitals and pharmacies in Mopti. The program trained health center staff to provide confidential, safe, and respectful care and to collect data on cases of SGBV and introduced 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, women and men were recruited from the village level and supported to reach community members and traditional and religious leaders with messages on the elimination of FGM and child marriage. These 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.