Gender Based Violence: A Public Health Issue

Gender Based Violence (GBV) can have physical and psychological health implications which can be immediate as well as long term. Health system is often the first point of contact for survivors of violence; besides survivors come in contact with health facilities and providers at some point in their lives. Thus health care facilities and providers assume an important role in addressing the health consequences of violence through provision of treatment and care, performing medico‐legal role as well as in prevention of violence. Sama believes that this potential role in preventing and addressing GBV at different levels of the health system can be achieved through wide ranging and multi-sectoral deliberations. We have been working towards recognizing gender based violence as a public health issue and strengthening health sector response to the survivors.

Sama has been engaging with various stakeholders including the Community Based Organisations, Sangathans, coalitions, like minded individuals and organisations, Health facilities at different levels- primary, secondary, tertiary, healthcare providers including doctors and nurses, community health workers, associations like AOGD (Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Delhi), FOGSI (Federation of Obstetric and Gynaecological Societies of India) lawyers, protection officers etc. Sama’s engagement has been able to facilitate insights, learning and linkages with multiple stakeholders in Delhi as well as in other states.

Delhi State Level Strategy Consultation on the issue of GBV

Sama along with Aman Network-Delhi organised a Delhi level consultation on the issue of ‘Gender based violence: towards strengthening interlinkages; issues and challenges’. This consultation was planned to facilitate discussions towards enhancing the practical and procedural understanding of the working with different systems, and relevant issues, gaps and strategising towards… Continue reading

Regional Workshop on GBV and Health

Sama along with Jan Swasthya Abhiyan-Odisha organized a one and a half day regional workshop in Bhubaneshwar on March 18-19, 2016 with organisations from Odisha and Jharkhand. The Workshop was attended by 44 participants from 14 districts of Odisha and 3 districts of Jharkhand from about 27 organizations (Jharkhand-5, Odisha-22).… Continue reading