Prevention and Treatment of Gender-Based Violence in Haiti

Reporting Organization:Partners In Health Canada
Total Budget ($CAD):$ 1,500,000
Timeframe: July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2020
Status: Implementation
Contact Information: Mark Brender
[email protected]

Partner & Funder Profiles

Reporting Organization

Partners In Health Canada

Funders (Total Budget Contribution)

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Country - Total Budget Allocation

Haiti - $ 1,500,000.00 (100.00%)

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Areas of Focus

Health - Total Budget Allocation

Reproductive Health & Rights incl. Maternal Health (70 %)

Primary Health Care (30 %)

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This project seeks to reduce gender-based violence in all its forms and to ensure that women and girls in Central Plateau and Lower Artibonite have increased access to health care, social support and legal justice.
Underneath this overall goal, the project will support the following objectives:
(1) Ensure access to integrated, quality, and dignified care to women and girls who are at risk or victims of GBV
(2) Reinforce links between health and legal authorities and women’s associations in fight against GBV; and,
(3) Increase resilience of women, girls and communities by way of awareness campaigns, advocacy and community-level education.

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Target Population

Gender and age: Adult women Adolescent females Adolescent males
Descriptors: Rural
Total Direct Population: 3,400
Total Indirect Population: 580,900
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Health service delivery to victims of GBV provided
Psychosocial support service delivery to victims of GBV provided
1 Clinical staff trained
1 Community health workers trained
31 Surveillance commissions established
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Results & Indicators

Expected Results

The project aims to:
(1) Firstly, ensure access to integrated, quality, and dignified care to women and girls who are at risk or victims of GBV. The expected results linked to this goal include:
• Comprehensive, integrated medical care is provided to women and girls through six health centres.
• Care is provided to 70 % of victims of sexual assault within 72 hours of sexual assault.
• Provide psychosocial support to 100 percent of victims of gender-based violence.
(2) Secondly, the intervention aims to reinforce links between health and legal authorities and women’s associations in fight against GBV by referring 70 percent of victims of gender-based violence to institutions involved in the fight to end GBV.
(3) Thirdly, the projects will conduct awareness campaigns, advocacy and community-level education in an effort to increase resilience of women, girls. The expected results include:
• Adolescent girls are provided with education and leadership opportunities related to gender-based violence and rights
• Communities and community members are more aware of gender-based violence and the various linkages to the project.

Achieved Results

From July 2017 to September 2019, this project has reached over 1,100 women with gender-based violence treatment, care and response services. Of these women, 59% were seeking treatment, care and support for experiences of sexual violence, 39% for physical violence and 1% for psychological violence. Overall, 86% of women received psychosocial support upon disclosing their experiences of victimization to project staff and 48% of victims of sexual violence were seen within 72 hours of the assault – a critical timeframe as treatments such as HIV prophylaxis and emergency contraception can be effective during this short window, and doctors have a greater chance of collecting forensic evidence for potential use in judicial proceedings.

Women who have experienced violence are also being supported to access other pathways of care. To date, 330 victims of GBV have been referred to women’s rights organizations for additional support.
31 surveillance commissions, which bring together police officers, community leadership and health professionals to track and monitor incidents of GBV occurring in their respective communities, have been established. This is a critical tool for building awareness of the issue among key decision-makers and creating local ownership for ending GBV. To date, the commissions have tracked close to 500 cases.


SDG Goal 5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  • SDG 5.2.2 Proportion of women and girls aged 15 years and older subjected to sexual violence by persons other than an intimate partner in the previous 12 months, by age and place of occurrence
SDG Goal 11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • SDG 11.7.2 Proportion of persons victim of physical or sexual harassment, by sex, age, disability status and place of occurrence, in the previous 12 months
SRHR-related Indicators
  • # of people treated with antiretroviral therapy
  • # of people who have experienced, or are at risk of, any form of SGBV that have received related services in the previous 12 months
  • # of women’s rights organizations and networks (international and local) advancing SRHR
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Associated Projects (If applicable)

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