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Strengthening the Response to Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Nigeria

In nine states of Nigeria, the project supported 10 Sexual Assaults and Referral Centers (SARCs) to provide essential health services to survivors of Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV), sensitize the communities on SGBV and strengthened their capacity to solicit, administer, and manage funds. It also contributed to better understanding of SGBV in Nigeria by improving data management.

Project Date: 2017 - 2020
Funder: United States Agency for International Development (USAID) through Evidence2Action
Country: Nigeria
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Provided quality services to 3,963 SGBV survivors

Supported the establishment of SGBV clubs in 38 schools

Advocacy resulted in five states beginning a dedicated budget allocation for SARCs

What We Did

  • Built the capacity of the health care providers in 10 SARCs and strengthened systems to enable the provision of quality services to survivors at the SARCs
  • Improved coordination among the multisectoral players and strengthened the referral and linkage systems to those institutions and services required by the survivors such as legal services, psychosocial services, safe homes, etc.
  • Improved the organizational capacity of the SARCs in specific capacity areas (strategic planning, program improvement, organization culture of sharing, monitoring and evaluation, governance, partnership, finance, sustainability, and human resources) to ensure efficiency and continuity of interventions
  • Carried out community sensitization and awareness campaigns to encourage prevention of GBV

Related Resources

Responding to a Crisis within a Crisis

BY: DR. ABBAS YAU GARBA, MANAGER OF THE SEXUAL ASSAULT REFERRAL CENTER IN JIGAWA, NIGERIA (content warning: rape, gender-based violence, and sexual violence against children) I will never forget one...

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Project Staff Members

Farouk Jega

Senior Country Director, Nigeria

Farouk is a public health physician with 15 years of progressive experience in program management and evaluation....

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