BMH develops protocol to serve GBV victims

BENJAMIN Mkapa Hospital (BMH) has become the first medical facility in the country to develop a protocol to serve victims of the Gender-Based-Violence (GBV) when they seek service at the Dodoma-based facility.

Assistant Director of Research and Innovation at the BMH, Ms Hindu Ibrahim, noted here over the weekend that the protocol was vital to serve victims of Gender-Based Violence when the Hospital receives GBV cases.

“The protocol involves guidelines on how the screening is conducted to victims of GBV and history taking in prescription,” she said while briefing journalists on a workshop to BMH staff on GBV held recently.

The workshop, which is financed by the World Health Organisation (WHO), brought together staff members who are non-service providers and service providers at the BMH.

Ms Hindu also expressed gratitude to WHO for financing the project to develop protocol to serve victims of GBV while seeking services at the BMH as well as publishing informative materials about GBV.

According to Coordinator of Violence and Injuries Prevention, Ms Mary Kessy, WHO will publish informative materials on GBV to be placed in different areas at the BMH.

“The informative materials will include banners, leaflets, posters and video clip animation,” said the WHO’s coordinator of Violence and Injuries Prevention.

Dr Andrew Nyangi said the protocol would be vital to guide service providers when victims of GBV seek care at the BMH.

“This will serve as the guideline for service providers when receiving a case of GBV at the Hospital,” said the gynaecologist at the BMH.

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