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Turning the Tide Against Gender Based Violence in Kakuma

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The Director of the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Tokyo, Ms. Kaoru Nemoto Japan has hailed the partnership between UNFPA, IRC, and Kenya Red Cross Society in the provision of sexual reproductive health services (SRH) and the gender based violence (GBV) response to vulnerable women and girls in Kakuma refugee camp, Kalobeyei integrated settlement and the host community.

Ms Nemoto, visited Kakuma and Kalobeyei in north western Kenya, from 13th to 15th March 2019, where she had an opportunity to witness the positive outcomes of projects UN agencies have implemented there with support from the Japanese Government. She also interacted with beneficiaries of the projects.

With funding from the Government of Japan, two GBV one-stop centers have been rehabilitated in Kakuma and another center is currently constructed in Kalobeyei, where survivors of both refugees and host community—among them teenage girls and mothers—are able to access free and comprehensive services.  The Government of Japan has also supported maternity wards at hospitals in Kakuma and Kalobeyei.

“The maternity clinic has helped to increase safe hospital deliveries, reducing cases of maternal mortality. It has also triggered demand for sexual reproductive health services” said Anne Mbuthia, the Maternity Nursing Officer in Charge at the clinic in Kalobeyei.

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