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  • on 27.05.2014
  • at 03:00 PM
  • by Kevin Hind

Ways for tackling child health, gender-based violence 0

Geneva – Many challenges confront the health systems of developing countries, but it seems maternal and child health rank high on the agenda of many countries.

The second day of the 67th World Health Assembly held in Geneva, Switzerland, last week (19-24 May) had experts from across the globe giving speeches on ways to promote health, especially those that affect women of reproductive age.

Christine Kaseba-Sata, the first lady of Zambia and WHO goodwill ambassador against gender-based violence, said health is at the heart of fighting gender and sexual violence and that governments has no choice but to adequately strengthen their health systems to effectively fight the menace.

Kaseba-Sata said health systems provide an evidence-based approach to combat the menace, with health facilities the point at which medical-legal evidence and data enable not just the treatment, but also the enforcement of justice and redress for victims.

While observing that gender or sexual violence has become a public health issue, the former gynaecologist and medical scientist emphasised that national health systems must establish one-stop centres where psychological and medical treatment can be offered to victims.

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