Gender Based Violence (GBV) is a Human Right Violation, a public health challenge and a barrier to civic, social, political and economic participation. It undermines not only the safety, dignity, overall health status, and human rights of the millions of individuals who experience it, but also the public health, economic stability and security of the individuals and the Nations. Over 70% of people affected by conflict in Adamawa and Gombe States are women and girls who live in IDP camps and high risk host communities. GBV undermines the health dignity, security and autonomy of the victims/survivors and it’s often shredded in culture of secrecy and silence due to societal and religious norms. The victims of the violence suffer sexual and reproductive health consequences, including forced and unintended pregnancies, maternal death and disability, unsafe abortions, traumatic fistula, Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) including HIV and even death. To equip community members with the knowledge and skills required to sensitize individuals on GBV, and ensure utilization of post GBV services by survivors, RHHF  in partnership with United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) selected and trained  110 (37 Female and 73 Male) persons from Adamawa and Gombe States to serve as GBV Community Volunteers in March 2017.

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