Scaling up Gender-Based Violence Prevention and Response in Nairobi and Coast, Kenya
In 2011, Pathfinder’s APHIAplus Nairobi-Coast project facilitated the expansion of a gender-based violence prevention and response program in Kenya that works to strengthen both the community and health systems. The program’s strategy aims to: mobilize communities to shift the sociocultural norms and inequities that are at the root of gender-based violence; foster supportive policies; enhance the delivery of quality medical, psychosocial, and legal services for survivors; and strengthen multisectoral collaboration and coordination through community and facility structures and processes.
The complex constellation of factors that underlie and reinforce gender-based violence warrants a strong multi-level and multisectoral response.
We believe change starts with expertly trained providers and pharmacies that never run out of supplies. It starts with open conversations among women, young people, men, religious leaders, mothers-in-law, policymakers, and others, joining to discuss their beliefs and remove barriers to their health and well-being. Our 2014 Annual Report shows a few highlights of how Pathfinder has served as a catalyst for change over the past year.