A delegation of 13 board members of Global Fund, yesterday, visited Isange One Stop Centre situated at Kacyiru District Hospital, to have a firsthand experience on how Rwanda handles and responds to sexual and gender based violence.
The officials are part of the bigger group of Global Fund Board members that is in the country for the 37th board meeting that is also serving as a platform to learn about Rwanda’s innovative approaches towards community health.
At the centre, they were received by the coordinator of Isange One Stop Centres, Supt. Shafiga Murebwayire, who briefed them on the historical background of the establishment of the centres, and guided them to various wings of the centre including the children, counseling and legal wings.
Speaking after touring Isange, one of the board members, Carsten Staur, said; “It’s very impressive to see such a facility, it’s a very good attempt to apply a holistic approach into disciplinary work on the issue of GBV and we are very much impressed by the commitment.”
Isange, which started in 2009 as a pilot project, offers free medical, psycho-socio and legal services to victims of gender based violence and child abuse.
The facility has handled over 15, 000 cases since its establishment, of which 87 percent of them are female while 57 percent of the total registered cases are children aged below 18 years.
As part of the scale up programme, Isange services are currently officers in 45 hospitals across the country, according to its coordinator Supt. Murebwayire.