Strategic policies and guidelines aimed at securing the safety and recovery of gender based violence (GBV) victims a crime that is persistently on the increase.
A study conducted recently by Management and Development for Health (MDH) revealed that Mara region has the highest recorded number of GBV with 72 percent of women in the area being victims.
According to the findings, Tanga has the lowest rates at 16 percent while Dar es Salaam recorded 46 percent, higher than the national average rate which is 44 percent.
Speaking in Dar es Salaam when officiating a meeting to motivate District and Regional leaders on the polices and guidelines, Said Sadiki, the Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner said explained that the guidelines will help outline the responsibilities of stakeholders in providing service to GBV victims.
“The guidelines will help stakeholders join the fight against GBV and cruelty to women and children...”
He placed the obligation and responsibility to protect the victims on the regional and district leaders, cautioning them to ensure victims are handled in accordance with the established policy and guidelines. He noted that the move would also instigate other stakeholders to mobilise and contribute, especially health equipment which would complement other services.
MDH Director Dr Guerino Chalamilla affirmed that more effort is needed in combating the violence, noting that it is a national issue.
“We must cooperate with stakeholders in the implementation of policy and guidelines …” he emphasised, noting that as of now, MDH has formed a team of 20 people to operate in Dar es Salaam, training health workers to help GBV victims at centers across the city.