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Principal Investigators: Professor Negussie Deyessa (EPHA/Addis Ababa University), Professor Jacqueline Broerse (VU)


The aims of this research are to:       

  • Investigate the prevalence of GBV, experiences of stigma, poor mental health, healthcare needs of survivors and barriers to service use.
  • Assess existing GBV services and healthcare worker capacity.
  • Propose an integrated approach to high-quality GBV care delivery; 
  • Develop insights for research, policy and practice on SRH and GBV health systems in conflict-affected areas. 

Dr. Tewodros W. Liyew

Jhpiego Ethiopia

Gender-based violence (GBV) is common in conflicts though the exact figure is often underestimated. Furthermore, survivors of GBV don’t have access to proper medical care. This research will shine light on the magnitude of the problem and how to equip the newly restored facilities to respond to such important needs.

Expected Outcomes

This study aims to alleviate the negative health and social effects of GBV by increasing understanding of the scope of GBV, associated stigma and barriers to GBV services. The research will also explore the needs of women and girls and how services can be made available, accessible and of high quality.

As part of the theory of change of this project, the outputs initially contribute to the understanding of the needs of GBV survivors and the required and feasible health system response. The short-term outcome within this study are the service delivery models/protocols, including a detailed description of required workforce competencies for integrated GBV care. These models are anticipated to include, but are not limited to, services and referral systems at all levels of care (community to tertiary), encompassing the individuals social, mental and physical needs as well as community-based interventions.

The team is visiting a health post right outside of North Wollo. The health extension worker is sharing her experiences identifying and referring cases of GBV to the local hospital. Credit: Tanya Bruckner/VU
The GBV one-stop center in Woldia, recently constructed. Credit: Tanya Bruckner/VU
A children’s playroom at the GBV one-stop center in Dessie. It is an area for them to wait while their caretaker utilises the services provided at the center. Credit: Tanya Bruckner/VU


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