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Following political violence in Guinea in 2009, especially an incident on September 28 at a demonstration during which women and girls were raped, RESPOND supported follow-up services for survivors, strengthened local capacity for gender-based violence prevention, and improved the health sector’s response to GBV. RESPOND’s technical assistance spanned 18 months, from January 2011 to June 2012.

Integrating Intimate Partner Violence Screening and Counseling with Family Planning Services: Experience in Conakry, Guinea (Report No. 16)
In September 2009, the Guinean armed forces repressed a peaceful political demonstration in Conakry; during this action, hundreds of women were subjected to sexual violence. RESPOND conducted an 18-month program to provide support services for these women, build local capacity to prevent gender-based violence, and improved the health sector’s ability to respond to such violence. As a result, RESPOND was asked to help integrate screening and counseling for intimate partner violence (IPV) into family planning services at a facility in Conakry. RESPOND pilot-tested a curriculum and supportive supervision model that trained providers to discuss IPV with FP clients, explore their family planning options, educate them about available medical, legal, and psychosocial services, and discuss personal safety issues and help them develop a safety plan. This report describes results of an assessment following provider training.
Available in English (PDF, 2.4 MB)

Capacity Building to Prevent and Respond to Gender-Based Violence: Project Description and Evaluation of RESPOND/Guinea (Report No. 6)
Guineans and international observers alike were shocked by the political violence, including brutal rapes, perpetrated on September 28, 2009, in a stadium in Conakry following a political demonstration. RESPOND worked with the Government of Guinea and local organizations to support follow-up services for women who survived the violence, to strengthen local capacity for prevention of gender-based violence (GBV), and to improve the health sector's response to sexual violence. Over the course of 18 months, RESPOND helped 153 survivors receive medical, psychological, social, and/or economic services, trained 10 trainers and 110 community leaders to use Men As Partners® approaches to challenge inequitable gender norms and GBV, reached close to 9,000 men and women with messages against GBV, provided technical assistance to the Ministry of Health to develop a national curriculum on the care of sexual violence survivors, and trained 53 health care providers to respond to sexual violence.
Available in English (PDF, 2.6 MB) and French (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Baseline Assessment of the Readiness of Health Facilities to Respond to Gender-Based Violence in Guinea (Report No. 4)
In 2011, the RESPOND Project and local partners initiated a collaborative effort to address the response to gender-based violence (GBV) in Guinea. As a baseline assessment of the readiness of Guinean health centers to respond to sexual violence, interviews were conducted with 141 facility managers and health care providers in three regions to assess services, equipment, supplies, and standard operating procedures, as well as providers’ knowledge, attitudes, and skills. Fewer than one in three providers interviewed had ever received training on GBV. Procedures and/or protocols for addressing sexual violence were not systematically available, and most facilities lacked essential commodities, equipment, and supplies to respond to sexual violence effectively.
Available in English (PDF, 1.8 MB) and French (PDF, 1.7 MB)

Integrating Gender-Based Violence Support into Family Planning Clinics in Guinea
Integration for Impact Conference, September 12-14, Nairobi, Kenya
Available in English (PDF, 2.7 MB)

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