Treating survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Delhi

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What we do

In November 2015, MSF opened Umeed Ki Kiran, a community-based clinic in north Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. In line with the national protocol, the 24×7 clinic provides quality treatment (treatment of injuries; prevention of HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases) to survivors of sexual violence, rape and domestic violence. In addition, our counsellors offer psychosocial support to reduce the risk of psychological complications that can occur as a result of violence.

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a medical emergency. Survivors of SGBV require immediate medical care in order to limit some of the serious consequences to their health, such as unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections. Violence can also affect the mental health of survivors, and lead to anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

In 2019

MSF continued to work with community-based organisations, police, government protection agencies, the Health Ministry and other stakeholders to highlight the clinic’s services and create an efficient referral system to receive and refer survivors who need care. Progressing towards our goal of increasing access to holistic treatment for SGBV survivors, MSF continued its collaboration with the local district hospital, which inaugurated its own one-stop centre dedicated to SGBV survivor care in 2019, where MSF provides counselling services.
In 2019, MSF concluded its knowledge, attitudes, practices (KAP) survey, and shared its findings with relevant public sector and NGO partners and stakeholders. Another highlight of the SGBV project in 2019 was the inclusion of local accredited social health activist workers into our outreach program, central to the project’s significant increase in patient numbers for this year.

Our Helpline No. – 1 800 102 1075

survivors of rape treated
survivors of sexual violence treated
survivors of physical and psychological violence treated
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