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Endorsement of Standard Operating Procedures improves health response to gender-based violence

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) today in partnership with the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Commission for the Advancement of Mothers and Children (NCAWMC), and financially supported by Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), convened the endorsement meeting for the ‘Standard Operating Procedures for Health Facility Response to Violence Against Women’ (the Health SOP). The meeting gathered experts and stakeholders from the health sector and relevant line ministries and development partners for endorsement of this key document. The Health SOP was developed through technical consultations amongst health, social and justice sectors as well as key development partners under the leadership of MoH and NCAWMC. The SOP is aligned with the internationally recognized Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence (the ESP) for screening, treating and referring survivors of violence in medical facilities.

Vice Minister of MoH, President of NCAWMC of MoH, Dr. Phayvanh Keophaseurt noted relevance of the SOPs in closing the gap for the implementation of the National Action Plan Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Children (2021-2025): “With the SOPs in place, support to survivors of violence will be systemic in all health facilities. GBV survivors will receive the quality health services required and will be referred to other sectors as needed. No matter where the survivor goes to seek services, there will be a coordinated, standardized response that is grounded in the Lao context and meets international standards.”

The meeting gathered experts and stakeholders from the health sector and relevant line ministries and development partners for endorsement of this key document. The Health SOP was developed through technical consultations amongst health, social and justice sectors as well as key development partners under the leadership of MoH and NCAWMC. The SOP is aligned with the internationally recognized Essential Services Package for Women and Girls Subject to Violence (the ESP) for screening, treating and referring survivors of violence in medical facilities.

Vice Minister of MoH, President of NCAWMC of MoH, Dr. Phayvanh Keophaseurt noted relevance of the SOPs in closing the gap for the implementation of the National Action Plan Preventing and Combating Violence Against Women and Children (2021-2025): “With the SOPs in place, support to survivors of violence will be systemic in all health facilities. GBV survivors will receive the quality health services required and will be referred to other sectors as needed. No matter where the survivor goes to seek services, there will be a coordinated, standardized response that is grounded in the Lao context and meets international standards.”

Source: Lao News Agency

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