New Project in Zambia Will Combat Gender-Based Violence, Expand Services for Survivors

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In Zambia, IntraHealth International and our partners are working to end gender-based violence (GBV) and prevent the spread of HIV by promoting gender equity and human rights as part of a new $17 million, five-year project funded by the United States Agency for International Development. An additional $10 million may be used to pursue new opportunities to address GBV for up to five more years.

IntraHealth will work with lead partner Zambia Center for Communication Programmes and others to bolster access to services for survivors of GBV and support laws and policies that protect and advance equality among men, women, and children—including members of key populations and people with disabilities.

Through the new project, IntraHealth will cultivate healthy male involvement in gender issues and provide technical support to community-based GBV services, including one-stop centers. We will coordinate all community outreach efforts using the Healthy Images of Manhood approach to engage men, boys, and key populations. To improve and expand access to GBV services, we will work closely with national, provincial, and district government authorities to:

  • Train one-stop center staff in GBV case management and high-quality services that are stigma- and discrimination-free
  • Improve the availability of supplies
  • Enhance community referral systems
  • Lead quality-improvement efforts  

GBV has vast impacts across an individual’s lifespan. The use or threat of control and abuse on a physical, psychological, sexual, social, economic, or legal level is detrimental to survivors, families, and communities. Zambia has one of the highest prevalence rates of GBV in the world at 47%, which predisposes women and girls to HIV. 

The USAID Stop Gender-Based Violence project is funded by the US Agency for International Development. IntraHealth’s consortium partners include the Zambia Center for Communication Programme, Women in Law and Development in Africa, and Lifeline/Childline Zambia.