The World Health Organization (WHO, 2009) defines a maternal near-miss (MNM) as “a woman who nearly died, but survived a complication that occurred during pregnancy, childbirth or within 42 days...read more
In humanitarian and emergency settings, women and girls disproportionately experience high rates of gender-based violence (GBV). As in other settings, physical and sexual violence have short- and long-term negative effects on the survivors’ physical and emotional wellbeing, often lingering beyond the emergency period if not appropriately addressed.
In Dadaab-Kenya, the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and CARE International, have developed an individual comprehensive case management (ICCM) service delivery model to respond to GBV cases within the refugee camps. These response services are delivered by the IRC and CARE professional staff, with minimal assistance from refugee community workers (RCWs). To date, no rigorous evaluations have been conducted on an ICCM model of care for GBV response in a refugee camp, with task-shifting components to RCWs.
We are proposing to conduct a feasibility and piloting study in order to assess and refine a model of care for refugee camp survivors of GBV, using the ICCM service delivery protocol with expanded care through task-shifting to RCWs. Specifically, we will examine how this model can influence access, quality, health, and safety outcomes among refugee survivors of GBV in the Dadaab refugee camps. We will also seek to identify key intervention characteristics that influence these outcomes.