In response to the growing awareness of the links between SGBV, health, human rights and national development in East and Southern Africa, the Population Council with support from the Swedish-Norwegian Regional HIV and AIDS Team for Africa and PEPFAR initiated a multi-country SGBV Network. This network previously included 17 partners in 9 African countries (Kenya, South Africa, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Senegal and Ethiopia) and currently comprises 6 partners in 5 African countries (Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, and Zambia). These partners are simultaneously implementing SGBV projects that seek to address the determinants and consequences of SGBV in an integrated and comprehensive manner and to strengthen national programmes to better meet the medical, psychological and justice needs of survivors of sexual and domestic violence and to enhance strategies for its prevention. All partners are working to operationalize a comprehensive model of care, support and prevention of SGBV.
Lessons learned from these experiences are being systematically documented and synthesized to offer a policy framework and implementation guidelines that will be relevant for others seeking to strengthen programmes throughout the region. These lessons and guidelines will be widely shared with other regional and international networks, organizations and governments that would benefit from such information projects. Please contact Joyce Ombeva at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to receive further information on the network's activities.