LVCT Health has implemented Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) programing since 2005. SGBV is any harmful act based on differences between males and females; sexual, psychological or physical, perpetrated against a person. SGBV increases one`s risk of HIV infection. Women who have experienced GBV are up to three times more likely to be infected with HIV than those who have not. Our SGBV programme aims to utilise research and practice to influence SGBV policy and, strengthen links between SGBV and HIV services.
We offer prevention of SGBV and appropriate responses at all our sites and provide support to public health facilities to ensure survivors of violence receive quality services and are prevented from HIV infection. We also provide technical support to the Government of Kenya, local and international partners, for the development and institutionalisation of policies and standards for delivery of SGBV services.
We focus on the following areas:
Over the years our work on SGBV has achieved the following:
Generating local evidence by undertaking 5 SGBV research studies, 8 publications and over 50 presentations at local and international conferences.
Policy and Technical Support: Contributed to development of international guidelines, national guidelines, training curricula and data collection tools.
County achievements: we are a stakeholder in SGBV county technical working groups and offer technical support in development of strategic plans and policies