Rape and other forms of violence against women usually lead to serious damages to the health of the affected women. These result in life-long health problems which can permanently restrict the lives of the women. Medical care for those who were raped is therefore the first priority in helping survivors of sexualised war-related violence.
medica mondiale offers women and girls who have experienced sexualised violence in war and conflict areas basic, comprehensive gynaecological and general health care. This is specially adapted to the needs and specific situation of women who have been traumatised by war and violence. In Bosnia-Herzegovina, Albania and Kosova, medica mondiale has set up gynaecological treatment rooms in the counselling centres, in which psycho-social and legal support is also offered. In Afghanistan, Liberia and in the DR Congo, project staff work closely with local health centres and hospitals and refer women to these medical institutions.
Kosova: Campaign against breast cancer
Since 2006, Medica Kosova has offered breast cancer tests for women in Gjakova and the surrounding areas. This closes an enormous gap in medical treatment for women in Kosova. The Kosovarian health system badly neglects breast cancer screening and there are hardly any opportunities for treatment. Medica Kosova also ran a campaign against breast cancer, making the women’s illness and the deficit of health care public. For the first time, the health authorities have agreed to work towards comprehensive medical care for women and for education campaigns in the population. Since then, more and more women have informed themselves about screening tests and have overcome their shame in talking about their illness. Breast and cervix cancer are diagnosed frequently for war traumatised women – a result of the mental and physical pressure and experienced traumata.