The First Lady of Benin, Claudine Talon, on November 8, visited Isange One Stop Centre situated at Kacyiru District Hospital, where she witnessed the centre’s response to sexual and gender based violence, and facilitating the judicial system.
The First Lady, who is in the country for a four-day working tour, was accompanied by her counterpart of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame.
They were received by the Director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory (KFL), Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa, who explained to them to idea behind the establishment of the Isange in 2009, its set up and services offered.
“Since its creation, it has been instrumental in giving medical, counseling and legal services to the victims of sexual and gender based violence, and child abuse,” CP Nyamwasa said.
Isange, which started receiving about four patients per day, currently receives up to ten victims on a daily basis, he said.
“Until today, Isange has received about 14, 350 patients, with 72 percent of them being victims of sexual violence of which 82 percent of them are children aged between five and eighteen years,” he explained.
About 10 percent of the other patients are also suspects of sexual and gender based violence, who are given medical care before legal proceedings against them.
She First Ladies also toured various chambers of the centre including the children, counseling and legal wings where they were explained on varied services offered in each chamber.
In her message, the First Lady of Benin, said: “This is an essential and exemplary centre that gives hope to the victims of sexual and gender violence, and child abuse.”
She was also shown other services offered by the centre like provisions for emergency contraception, HIV prophylaxis, Sexual Transmission Infections (STI) prevention and other medications.
It provides free referral and specialized services like medico-legal, gynecology and obstetrics, mental health, legal and investigation, psychosocial, safe room and social integration services. Survivors, who stay in the safe room.
It also boosts of the Multi-disciplinary Investigative and Intervention Team (MDIIT) model and adapts evidence-based, international best practice protocols for working with victims of gender based violence and child abuse.
Isange has since been scaled up to 28 district hospitals across the country.