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Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

Gender-Based Violence (GBV)

GBV's negative effects go far beyond only the physical harm it also causes numerous chronic physical and mental health issues. Thus, people may be prevented from using reproductive health services due to fear of GBV. High rates of GBV cases during pregnancy put both the mother and the fetus in jeopardy and raise the death rate for both. GBV also hinders the fulfillment of broader development goals by limiting women's participation in social and economic development, increasing health care costs, and diminishing educational success and productivity. The provision of assistance to those in need and the beneficiary's access to GBV services and psychological therapy was made easier by the merger of reproductive health and GBV services.

Therefore, BFD through UNFPA is attempting to develop a multi-sectoral project by incorporating GBV services with the Maternal and Child Health Project. Furthermore, to promote GBV within the broader protection and multi-sector, its GBV officer engages with existing coordination groups and participates in protection cluster meetings and inter-cluster meetings. The officer also ensures that the concerns are consistently brought up and taken into account in projects and priorities.

The project activated the integration of GBV with reproductive health services in Marib and Al Jawf by including four female psychologists in two mobile teams and two Hospitals; (Al Jawf - Barat Al Anan hospital and two mobile teams and Shaheed Mohammed Hail Hospital in Marib) by providing the following services: case management, psychosocial support, psychological first aid, referral system, group counseling, and awareness. The total beneficiaries from GBV services during 2022 reached to 72,714.

Sexual and reproductive health services remain critical during COVID-19

IAWG members and partners are producing clinical and programmatic guidance, assessments, policy papers, and statements to ensure continued prioritization of sexual and reproductive health and rights throughout COVID-19 response in humanitarian settings.