Date of Graduation

Summer 8-27-2014

Document Access

Project/Capstone - Global access

Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


School of Nursing and Health Professions

First Advisor

Marie-Claude Couture

Second Advisor

Kia James


Gender based violence is a problem worldwide with prevalence anywhere between 13 to 70%(WHO, 2013). Global figures show that 35% of women throughout the world experience intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime

(WHO, 2013). According to World Health Organization (WHO), intimate partners commit 38% of women murdered. The statistics show that women from countries like Uganda have a 60% incidence of physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner. The government of Uganda and the WHO are well aware of the seriousness of this problem. The purpose of this paper is to explain the seriousness of this problem worldwide but more so in the country of Uganda and their readiness assessment of this public health problem. It also will explain the development of a project by the WHO in Uganda called Management of Sexual Gender-Based Violence Survivors/Victims. A manual was developed to provide the Ministry of Health with national standard materials for training health care workers and other relevant stakeholders involved in the management of Sexual Gender-Based Violence Survivors/Victims and as a tool as the basis for health professionals to respond appropriately to major conditions related to sexual gender based violence (SGBV). The goal of the training is to provide health care workers with competencies to manage and respond to SGBV. The tool is to provide a training resource for players in health institutions and organizations involved in training service providers in management of survivors/victims of Sexual Gender Based Violence as a competent of the Minimum Health Care Package-Non-Communicable diseases. And lastly, a summary of recommendations will be presented to continue to prevent and treat gender-based violence (GBV) / and Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).