By Florence Ugbem
The Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN), in collaboration with Gender and Environment Risk Reduction Initiative (GERI) with support from US Embassy Abuja has launched a GBV Tete-A-Tete App to help victims of Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV) in Benue State.
The launching of the app was done recently at Smile View Hotel, Nyiman, Makurdi and performed by the First Lady of Benue and Founder, Eunice Spring of Life Foundation, Dr Eunice Ortom.
While delivering her keynote address, Dr Ortom commended the partners and the US Embassy for their support towards the project, stating that she was pleased to be associated with the project.
Dr Ortom, who was represented by the Programme Manager of ESLF, Mr Tine Agernor maintained that it was important to provide avenues where survivors of SGBV can get help, stating that the GBV Tete-A-Tete App will help survivals of SGBV get relief in the comfort of their homes.
The first lady urged the partners to find ways to reach out to women in the rural areas who, do not have access to android phones, so that women in these areas will also access help.
In his remark, the Commissioner for Health and Human Services, Dr Joseph Ngbea, who was represented by the Director, Public Services in the ministry, Dr Terna Kur commended the partners for the wonderful initiative that will help address issues of SGBV in the state.
He stated that the ministry will continue to partner with stakeholders in the fight against SGBV in the state and that the Ministry of Health will integrate the services offered by the GBV Tete-A-Tete App.
The Executive Director, Gender and Environment Risk Reduction Initiative Centre for Women’s Health and Information (CEWHIN), Mrs Elizabeth Jeiyol explained that CEWHIN, GERI and the US Embassy, so far, have trained psychology first aiders in a train-the-trainer programme, stating that they will also provide mental support to victims of sexual gender based violence in the three local government areas of Benue State that were chosen for the pilot programme.
Jeiyol further disclosed that the partners have trained about 25 community based psychological first aiders in Makurdi, Ushongo and Otukpo, the three local government areas for the pilot project, said their role is to share information, respond and retrain.
The Voice reports that with the GBV Tete-A-Tete App, persons who have android phones can download the app on Google Play Store and can access contact information and get help on issues of SGBV.