About the project
Gender based violence (GBV) is a serious health, human rights and developmental issue, and GBV is a significant contributor to morbidity and mortality among women and girls in Kenya. GBV remains a taboo and often does not receive the attention and resources required to address it effectively.
The Gender Violence Recovery Centre (GVRC) of the Nairobi Women Hospital is the only institution in Kenya providing holistic support for survivors of GBV. The Safaricom Foundation has been GVRC main partner since 2005, providing support for its operational costs and leveraging its partnerships to raise more funds for GVRC.
GVRC provides free medical treatment, care and psychological support to survivors of GBV, including the provision of HIV Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) given within 72 hours of assault to help prevent HIV infection, emergency contraceptives, Hepatitis B vaccine, counseling and shelter for the victims. GVRC also provides linkages to legal aid, police services, micro finance services, and shelter if and when required.
Since inception, GVRC has treated over 14,000 survivors of sexual and domestic violence; the support from the Safaricom Foundation is in the form of a matched funding grant, which means that GVRC has to raise its own funds to match the funds from the Foundation. In September, the Foundation and GVRC hosted a successful gala dinner with the theme “All is not Lost” to continue to create awareness about GBV and to raise funds. In March 2010, GVRC hit a new milestone with the expansion of Nairobi Women’s Hospital to Adams Arcade, bringing specialized GBV services to another location within Nairobi