The Wife of Ethiopia Primer Minister, Roman Tesfaye, yesterday visited Isange One Stop Centre situated at Kacyiru District Hospital, where she witnessed the role it plays in response to sexual and gender based violence, and facilitating the judicial system.
Mrs. Tesfaye, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and East African Community Affairs, Rosemary Mbabazi, was received at the centre by the State Minister in the Ministry of Health in charge of Public Health and Primary Health Care, Dr. Patrick Ndimubanzi, Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa, the director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory, and the coordinator of Isange one stop centres, Supt. Shafiga Murebwayire, among others.
The First Lady, who was given an overview and a guided tour to various wings of the centre, described it as “comprehensive and humanity.”
“This One Stop Centre is comprehensive and humanity is best expressed. I am grateful for those, who contributed for its establishment and functioning as well, and justice deeds,” Mrs. Tesfaye said.
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 Kacyiru-based Isange, according to the coordinator Supt. Murebwayire, has received 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.
“We have so far set up Isange in 45 hospitals across the country as part of the scale-up programme,” said Supt. Murebwayire.
She further explained that as part of their aftercare programme, they work with local leaders to fully integrate victims in their respective communities.