Updates Rapid Assessment of Institutional Readiness to Deliver Gender-Based Violence and HIV ServicesAug 3, 2013
NACS in Partnership with UNDP is pleased to share the recently released Rapid Assessment of Institutional Readiness to Deliver Gender-Based Violence and HIV Services in Five Provinces of Papua New Guinea, jointly conducted by PNG National AIDS Council Secretariat and UNDP. The report was launched on 8th March 2013 by both the PNG Minister Health Hon. Michael Malabag, and the Minister for Community Development, Religion and Youth Hon Loujaya Toni This assessment is the first of its kind, assessing the country’s readiness to deliver gender-based violence (GBV), HIV, and legal services, understanding at the onset the need for integrated services to address the dual challenges of GBV and HIV. The twin epidemics pose server development challenges to PNG. The national MDG report of PNG (2010) noted that GBV can threaten the stability and development efforts of the country. Poor performance there is mirrored by poor performance on the HIV front, with HIV prevalence rates still hovering at 1%, and more women than men being infected by the disease. Recognizing that efforts are needed to address the twin epidemic, the National HIV Strategy (2010-2015) stresses the need to scale up service; and this assessment is as a step towards process. Work on the assessment began with identifying indicators to assess the health, justice and social sectors to evaluate effective delivery of services. Indicators were developed on scope of services, protocols, standards, access to services, knowledge, training, staffing, funding, physical facilities, data collection, security, management and coordination; and were used to assess, hospital based centers, family support centers, HIV counseling and testing centers, police stations, community police units, district courts, village courts, safe havens, counseling services, NGOs, CBOs, faith-based organization providing community education on GBV and or HI. The data which emerged provided a detailed account of the strengths and weaknesses in delivering GBV and HIV services in the country. It allowed for prescriptive recommendations to be made at service delivery level - for example highlighting gaps that needed to be addressed by location and sector - as well as more comprehensive recommendation for national level including on coordination. We are confident that this will be a very useful tool for countries faced with the challenges of the dual epidemic on HIV and GBV.