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Pilot Project South Africa

The Cape in South Africa: Thousands of women suffer sexual, gender-based violence (SGBV) in a country with one of the highest reported rape rates in the world. It is an overwhelming challenge.

Roughly 50.000 rapes are reported every year. Yet, according to projections, this is only five percent of all actual cases. State efforts alone cannot stem this flood of violence. There is an urgent need for combined action. Through innovative private sector partnerships in the Cape region of South Africa, the Ring for Peace Foundation has launched a second GBV pilot project. Committed partners include Mediclinic International Private Hospital Group, Pathcare Pathology Laboratories, and Unistel Medical and Forensic Laboratories.

In its first stage, the pilot focuses on Mediclinic’s extensive nursing community, providing GBV training for nurses and doctors, and creating a groundswell community awareness campaign. Women represent more than 80 percent of Mediclinic’s workforce and many of them have experienced the impact of the SGBV epidemic, not only in their communities, but also first-hand. The aim of the pilot is to establish Care for Victims, Effective Medical Examinations and Effective Legal Remedies for survivors of sexual assault. At the heart of the Cape Ring for Peace project is a spirit of “Saamstaan”, a culture of spontaneous solidarity that South Africans often show in a crisis – whether it is through a political transformation, a debilitating drought, or the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Edwin Hertzog, founder and former chairman of Mediclinic, lead the way by stepping in as Trustee of the project, igniting this spirit of “saamstaan” within a diverse regional community. The project was launched as the country went into strict Covid-19 lockdown, yet despite the restrictive environment of the first six months of the pandemic, the initiative has been propelled from inception to first stage implementation. “Saamstaan” has ensured deep commitment and continued momentum: Pilot emergency centres are being prepared, forensic courses for doctors and nurses are being developed, and a groundswell awareness campaign – focused on Mediclinic and Pathcare’s nursing communities – is being created. In a further educational collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch, nurses should also be able to obtain a higher degree qualification – a Post Graduate Diploma in Forensic Nursing – in future.

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Pilot Project South Africa

The Cape in South Africa: Thousands of women suffer sexual, gender-based violence (SGBV) in a country with one of the highest reported rape rates in the world. It is an overwhelming challenge.

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Benefits of the DNA-Kit

Rape victims – mostly women – who have limited access to medical facilities can empower themselves by use of the DNA-Kit in a self-effective way by collecting evidence that can be used in court. An instrument contributing to personal well-being and overcoming fear and shame.

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