Violence and Injury Prevention

Workshop held to strengthen public health approach to violence prevention and response in East Africa

In the WHO African Region, 37% of women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner. Such violence has a tremendous impact on the health of women. Preventing and responding to violence against women requires a multi-sectoral approach and the health sector has a critical role to play. This need formed the basis of a workshop held in Entebbe, Uganda from 17-20 June, which aimed to strengthen the capacities of health and other sectors to implement a public health approach to preventing and responding to violence against women. Co-hosted by WHO and UNFPA, participants included representatives from ministries of health and ministries of gender, civil society organizations, and UN agencies from eight countries: Burundi, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. WHO HQ colleagues, Ms Berit Kieselbach and Ms Avni Amin, presented on topics related to violence against women including the magnitude, risk and protective factors, and consequences; prevention strategies; evaluations; and the document Responding to intimate partner violence and sexual violence against women: WHO clinical and policy guidelines.

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