The project entitled Health service oriented referral system for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in Sathkira district, Bangladesh was initiated in May 2010 – December 2011 with the financial assistance of the Anesvad Foundation. Geographically the project covered 2 upazilas namely Debhata and Kaliganj of Satkhira district.
Project goal and objectives:
The project goal is to build a health service oriented referral system for victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation in Sathkira district, Bangladesh. The main objectives are to reduce the physical, sexual and mental health risks and consequences of trafficking and sexual exploitation in women and adolescent girls in Sathkira district, Bangladesh.
Project activities that have been undertaken:
- Establishment of Information Health Booth to assist victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation based in Parulia union to be available to provide primary health services and medicines who will refer cases to the hospital and other health centers according to the health needs of the victims.
- Establishment of the specialized hotline for sexually exploited and trafficked victims.
- Conducted Baseline Study on health services and delivery system of 10 unions of Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas by identifying the number of government and private hospitals, clinics and NGOs support health facilities, number of doctors, nurses, paramedics, midwives who are providing health services, type of medical treatments available and accommodation, whether they have treated any women and adolescents girls victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
- Two Experience Sharing Meetings with Key Stakeholders to share the findings of the baseline study at Debhata and Kaligonj upazilas were organized.
- 5,000 brochures, 10.000 posters and 10,000 Hotline Health Cards to promote health services for the victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking printed and widely disseminated among key stakeholders and community people.
- Developed Training Manual on Health Risks, Consequence and Health Care of Victims of Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking in Women and Adolescent Girls including relevant content to Bangladesh context from Caring for Trafficked Person: Guidance for Health Providers.
- Imparted training to the doctor and nurse based at the Information Booth and 8 project staff on special primary health care for the victims and potential victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
- Organized 2 upazila workshops with 10 doctors and 40 nurses and community health workers to understand that sexually exploited and trafficked women and adolescent girls needs to be dealt with special care and linking them with the Information Health Booth.
- Reorganized the existing 10 Community Watch Committees (CWCs) in 10 unions of 2 upazilas namely Debhata and Kaliganj upazilas in Satkhira district.
- Organized 10 motivational workshops with CWCs to address health risks and consequences of victims of sexual exploitation and trafficking in women and adolescent girls and explaining the functioning of the Hotline Health Cards so that they can refer and bring the victims to the Health Information Booth.
- 50 awareness raising meetings with Commnity Watch Committess have been organized.
- 100 follow-up meetings of Community Watch Committee (CWC) have been organized.
- 188 Victims of trafficking and sexual exploitation were provided healthcare services at Niramoy Information Health Booth and among them 15 were referred to government hospital sin Satkhira district.
- Continuous liaison and cooperation developed between CWCS and Community Watch Committees (CWCs) and 57 victims were referred by CWC members.
- About 36,160 community people including men, women, adolescents and children made aware about the issues of health risks and consequences of trafficking and sexual exploitation.