This was reported by WHO Representative in Ukraine Jarno Habicht in an interview with Ukrinform.
He emphasized that there cannot be any tolerance for acts of gender-based violence in Ukraine and around the world. Sexual and other gender-based violence has a significant impact on the health of victims, causing problems related to physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health.
"WHO and partner organizations, such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), focus on the rights of survivors and their need for access to timely medical care. Such assistance typically includes emergency contraception, tetanus and hepatitis B vaccination, STI (sexually transmitted infection) prevention, post-exposure prophylaxis for HIV, and mental health support. In cooperation with the Ministry of Health of Ukraine, the World Health Organization conducted trainings on providing services to victims of gender-based violence for more than 200 healthcare workers from the eight regions, who acquired relevant knowledge and skills, including medical care, communication skills with victims and referrals to services available to such persons outside the health sector," said Habicht.
He noted that more activities are planned to build this capacity.
As reported, about 30,000 Ukrainian primary care physicians have been trained in the World Health Organization's psychological support course.