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    A place survivors can feel safe

    Day 131

    A Simple, Private Space

    One place where survivors of violence often open up or seek help is at the doctor’s office. On Day 131, we’re helping the clinic in Oruchinga refugee settlement receive these patients in a more sensitive and appropriate way.

    When people who have suffered violence arrive at the clinic they are upset. “We counsel and comfort them,” said Dan Banjera, an RN at the clinic. “But we don’t have a dedicated space. We try to improvise private spaces in exam rooms or offices.”

    We wanted to give the clinic and survivors a private space. So we got another local contractor busy building and the ARC and clinic teams got together to decide where the counseling kiosk would go. The teams chose a spot in the clinic yard, away from the main buildings and the waiting area.

    The counseling kiosk was completed a few days later and then delivered to the spot the team had chosen. When the health team saw the new kiosk they were thrilled!

    “This will boost the way we are doing our services,” said Dan. “When there are so many people they will fear giving out information. In a private space like this they will open up.”

    We have a new private space – tomorrow we’ll think about how we can make it a comfortable space, too.

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