A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families

by International Medical Corps
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families
A Healthier Future for South Sudan's Families

Project Report | Aug 2, 2019
Using Training to Stop the Cycle of Violence

By Ali Al Mokdad, Clara Long and Kelli Maddock | GBV Coordinator, Communications and Resource Dev.

Richard discussing prevention w/ community members
Richard discussing prevention w/ community members

In South Sudan – a nation torn apart by war, sexual violence, famine, and disease, International Medical Corps provides comprehensive medical care and nutrition services. Our patients include survivors of gender-based violence (GBV), who can suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, sexually transmitted infections and unwanted pregnancy.

But our services are not just about access to inclusive healthcare. We also work to prevent gender-based violence (GBV) by promoting awareness about GBV and gender equality.

What’s the best way to prevent sexual violence? Teaching men as well as women about the importance of gender equality and how to prevent gender-based violence will stop the cycle of violence in its tracks.

Our training sessions are filled with powerful community leaders, men as well as women, who are rising together to combat the causes of GBV and intergenerational trauma, remove the burden of prevention which tends to rest solely on women, and promote resilience.

Richard is a 50-year old community leader from Wau in western South Sudan. Utilizing his leadership position, Richard has been promoting gender equality ever since he took part in our community-based initiative titled “Engaging Men in Accountable Practices” (EMAP) last year.

Richard remembers how the training helped him understand such key concepts as gender, masculinity and GBV. “I started to understand how I can support women and girls as a man and as a community leader, as well as how to improve my mindset in this regard,” he told our team.

Richard now identifies GBV cases and refers them to International Medical Corps caseworkers, who as part of our comprehensive healthcare team ensure that survivors receive the assistance they need – whether referrals to medical or mental health services, nutrition services and/or maternal and child health services. Our teams are there, ready to provide support wherever, and whenever it is needed most.

So what does the future hold for Richard and his community? Richard wants to “create a country where women and girls are valued, equal and free from violence.” He has joined with International Medical Corps to break the cycle.

Thanks to the GlobalGiving community and other generous donors, International Medical Corps can continue to promote gender equality in South Sudan.

Men protesting for women's empowerment in S. Sudan
Men protesting for women's empowerment in S. Sudan
EMAP training with community leaders.
EMAP training with community leaders.
Richard helping his wife with her chores.
Richard helping his wife with her chores.
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May 2, 2019
A New Class of Midwives

By Kelli Maddock | Resource Development Officer

Feb 6, 2019
The Psychological Toll of Conflict

By Clara Long | Media & Communications Officer

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International Medical Corps

Location: Los Angeles, CA - USA
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Project Leader:
Kimberly Laney
Los Angeles , CA United States

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