As part of Kenya’s coordinated and seamless multisectoral process in addressing sexual and gender-based violence, the National Health Sector Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) on Management of Sexual Violence in Kenya 2014 was developed. The SOPs aimed at operationalizing the National Guidelines for Management of Sexual Violence in Kenya developed in 2009. The SOPs are drawn from the multisectoral SOPs found in the Guidelines for the Prevention of and Response to Sexual Violence in Kenya. The role of the health sector in the prevention of and response to sexual violence is:
- Development of national policies, guidelines, standards, protocols and training curricula for sexual violence service delivery.
- Capacity building of health service personnel through training and mentorship on clinical management of sexual violence.
- Providing supportive supervision through the regional and county health providers to ensure quality service delivery on sexual violence.
- Providing requisite services to sexual violence survivors.
The detailed health sector SOPs include:
a) Entry into the health facility (registration and triage)
b) Engagement at the health facility (availing medical services, availing forensic services, and availing psycho-social support services)
c) Exit from the health facility (facilitating entry/re-entry into the general multi-sectoral referral pathways, and special considerations in humanitarian settings)
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