The First Lady of Benin, Claudine Talon, on November 8, visited Isange One Stop Centre situated at Kacyiru District Hospital, where she witnessed the centre’s response to sexual and gender based violence, and facilitating the judicial system. Talon was accompanied by her counterpart of Rwanda, Jeannette Kagame.
They were received by the Director of Kigali Forensic Laboratory (KFL), Commissioner of Police (CP) Dr. Daniel Nyamwasa, who explained to them to idea behind the establishment of the Isange in 2009, its set up and services offered.
“Since its creation, it has been instrumental in giving medical, counseling and legal services to the victims of sexual and gender based violence, and child abuse,” CP Nyamwasa said.
“Until today, Isange has received about 14, 350 patients, with 72 percent of them being victims of sexual violence of which 82 percent of them are children aged between five and eighteen years,” he explained.
About 10 percent of the other patients are also suspects of sexual and gender based violence, who are given medical care before legal proceedings against them.
They (First Ladies) also toured various chambers of the centre including the children, counseling and legal wings where they were explained on varied services offered in each chamber.
In her message, the First Lady of Benin, said: “This is an essential and exemplary centre that gives hope to the victims of sexual and gender violence, and child abuse.”
She was also shown other services offered by the centre like provisions for emergency contraception, HIV prophylaxis, Sexual Transmission Infections (STI) prevention and other medications.