’Developing the capacity of Non State torture rehabilitation and prevention services in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, through regional peer supervision and constructive Non-State - State engagement on the subject of torture’
ARAMA implemented activities geared to enabling victims of torture and their families living to access more effective rehabilitation services. The target group is made up of two types of clients : survivors of the 1994 Genocide who have been tortured and/or raped and victims of gender based violence. These victims, especially those in the first category, have now spent 18 years living with rampant consequences of that torture (physical injuries, HIV infection, gynaecological complications, trauma,) and have not had access to appropriate medical and psychological treatment.
Building partnership with key stakeholders
ARAMA has reached out to new stakeholders in Bugesera, Gatsibo, Bugesera and Rwamagana Districts in addition to Ngoma district where the majority of victims were identified and provided with services by both ARAMA staff and Government stakeholders (i.e. the Police and District authorities, district Hospital and Health centres).
The aim was to inform these stakeholders about available services we provide to rehabilitate torture and SGBV victims. We sought collaboration with local authorities and 4 district hospitals (Kirehe District Hospital, Kiziguro Hospital, Nyamata Hospital and Rwamagana District Hospital).
Working with associate organisations in Democratic Republic of Congo
Given the fact that the NSA GL project includes associate organisations which are not eligible to manage funds, ARAMA has started collaboration with associate organisations : CMM asbl and REMAK as operating in Mwenga Territory, Southern Kivu Province.
The project has the mandate to help associates refer victims of torture and sexual violence to hospitals, provide victims with legal support, Income Generating Activities (IGA) and implement community-based social counselling (sociotherapy).
This collaboration has been effective by signing contracts with Kamituga Referral Hospital, Centre Hospitalier Mwangaza Kitutu and Mwenga Hospital to treat victims referred by the two associate organisations.
Thereafter, associate organisations have started receiving and referring victims of torture to the above-mentioned hospitals for treatment. ARAMA has reimbursed hospital bills for medical services given to victims and expenses incurred by associates for victims’ transport.
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