Guinea lawmakers impressed by Isange One Stop Center services

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A delegation of seven women lawmakers from Guinea Parliament yesterday visited Isange One Stop Centre at Kacyiru District Hospital, to purposely learn from Rwanda’s modal of fighting Gender Based Violence (GBV).

At the center, the delegation that is in the country for a one-week study tour and led by Member Parliament (MP) Djéné Sarah Kamara were received by the Director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory (KFL), Commissioner of Police (CP) Daniel Nyamwasa who gave them a grand tour at the center and detailed to them services offered to victims of Gender Based Violence (GBV).

Addressing the delegation, CP Nyamwasa, explained that; “Isange is a multidisciplinary and holistic approach that binds various institutions responsible for fighting and preventing GBV including the ministries of Gender and family Promotion, Health, Justice and Internal Security…The creation of Isange came as idea to harmonise efforts in handling cases of GBV that were scattered, costly inconveniencing to patients.”

“We have doctors, psychologists, social workers, judicial police officers and this helps a victim to acquire all the necessary services in one place and free of charge,” CP Nyamwasa said.

“Where necessary, we accompany the victims back to their homes to make sure that they are fully reintegrated in their families because some of them sometimes feel rejected. We work with various entities on grassroots to ensure that they are fully rehabilitated,” he added

“About 72 percent of the patients that check in at Isange One Stop Center, are victims of GBV of which 82 percent of them are aged between 5 and 18 years of age,” CP Nyamwasa said.

Speaking after the visit, MP Kamara said; “We came to learn from Rwanda’s best practices in advancing rights of women and children, and fighting Gender Based Violence; we are impressed and inspired by the steps that Rwanda has taken so far. There is no doubt we will emulate this.”

Isange, which started as a pilot project in 2009, has since been expanded to 28 other district hospitals across the country.

It offers free medical, psycho-socio and legal services to victims of GBV and child abuse and has facilitated the public with easy means of communication with a toll-free line – 3029 – which has been essential in getting information from the affected for immediate response.

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