Integration of services for victims of child sexual abuse at the university teaching hospital one-stop centre

Elwyn Chomba, Laura Murray, Michele Kautzman, Alan Haworth, Mwaba Kasese-Bota, Chipepo Kankasa, Kaunda Mwansa, Mia Amaya, Don Thea, Katherine Semrau

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Objective. To improve care of sexually abused children by establishment of a One Stop Centre at the University Teaching Hospital. Methodology. Prior to opening of the One Stop Centre, a management team comprising of clinical departmental heads and a technical group of professionals (health workers, police, psychosocial counselors lawyers and media) were put in place. The team evaluated and identified gaps and weaknesses on the management of sexually abused children prevailing in Zambia. A manual was produced which would be used to train all professionals manning a One Stop Centre. A team of consultants from abroad were identified to offer need based training activities and a database was developed. Results. A multidisciplinary team comprising of health workers, police and psychosocial counselors now man the centre. The centre is assisted by lawyers as and when required. UTH is offering training to other areas of the country to establish similar services by using a Trainer of Trainers model. A comprehensive database has been established for Lusaka province. Conclusion. For establishment of a One Stop Centre, there needs to be a core group comprising of managers as well as a technical team committed to the management and protection of sexually abused children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number864760
JournalJournal of Tropical Medicine
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Publication statusPublished - 2010

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  • Microbiology
  • Parasitology
  • Medicine(all)

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