Baseline Report Card for PAHO Countries

A new study highlighted strengths and weaknesses of policies and guidelines aimed at helping women affected by violence in Latin American and Caribbean countries.

The baseline study reviewed and scored country data on a matrix based on WHO Clinical and Policy Guidelines. Care for survivors of intimate partner violence and sexual violence in the areas of privacy, confidentiality, danger assessment, safety planning, and supportive reactions to disclosure were highlighted as strengths.  Weaknesses include the training of health care professionals and the need for stronger monitoring and evaluation of services. For example, only ½ of the reporting countries advised in-service training for frontline healthcare providers.

A limitation of the study: 1/3 of countries in the region did not respond to the survey request.

BMC Public Health

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