India’s VP wife: There’s a lot to learn from Isange

The wife of the Vice President of India, Mrs. Salma Ansari, has commended Rwanda’s holistic approach of setting up Isange One Stop Centres to support the vulnerable victims of gender based violence and child abuse.

While visiting the centre at Kacyiru District hospital on Monday, where she was given an insight into the idea behind its establishment and services offered, Mrs Ansari said that although India has almost a similar set up, there’s a lot to learn from Rwanda’s approach.


Mrs. Ansari is in the country accompanying her husband and the Vice-President of India, Shri M Hamid Ansari, for a three-day visit.

“We have such centres in India, but it’s always better to have new in puts…it is always nice to learn best practices… something new, which can also be very useful to us,” Ansari said.

“This – Isange One Stop Centre – is a very impressive centre; how women are give care in times of crisis…looking into it in every detail; this is very inductive as a whole,” she added.

She hastened to add that the mental, emotional and physical crisis that victims of GBV and child abuse pass through necessitates to best approach to rehabilitate the affected, and that Isange Stop Centre stands out.This, she underscored, is a great achievement worth of learning from.

Isange, which started in 2009 as a pilot project, offers free psycho-socio, medical, legal and counseling services to victims of GBV and child abuse.


Under the scale up programme, Isange has so far been established in at least 28 hospitals across the country as part of the grand programme to replica them in all district hospitals and health centres countrywide.

Supt. Shafiga Murebwayire, the coordinator of Isange centres, said: “We do a lot of things to ensure that a victim gets all required services. We give them medical services through which we also get evidence to supplement judicial process against the culprit, and give them counseling to ensure that a victim is full rehabilitated, and victims get justice.”

Isange, loosely translated as ‘feel at home’ is run by Rwanda National Police (RNP) in partnership with the ministries of Justice, Health, and Gender and Family Promotion, with the support of Imbuto Foundation and other partners.

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