Untreated Violence: The Need for Patient-Centred Care for Survivors of Sexual Violence in the Platinum Mining Belt

Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), February 2017

20 pp. 980 kB

MSF’s report on “Untreated Violence” in Rustenburg, South Africa, reveals that sexual violence, including rape, is at worryingly high levels in the Platinum Mining Belt area: one in four women had been raped in their lifetime, and approximately half have experienced some form of sexual or intimate partner violence. Yet fewer than half those surveyed knew about how to prevent or mitigate the serious health consequences of rape, such as HIV infection, unwanted pregnancy and psychological trauma. As South Africa finalizes a new five-year National Strategic Plan for HIV, TB and STIs, government departments must ensure they adequately support survivors to receive prevention and treatment services, and manage other detrimental impacts of sexual violence on individual and national health and wellbeing.

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