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Sexual violence: Inside Nairobi's Lavender House

27 Oct 22

Sexual violence: Inside Nairobi's Lavender House

Since 2008, MSF has been providing comprehensive care for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) in the Eastlands area of Nairobi, Kenya. 

Alongside supporting four government healthcare centres, MSF currently runs a dedicated clinic offering specialised SGBV services, called Lavender House.

With limited access to local SGBV care, Lavender House treats patients from the entire Eastlands area and parts of greater Nairobi county. 

The clinic offers medical and mental health care, including a 24-hour toll-free emergency hotline, ambulances to pick up or refer patients, and a community mobilisation team to raise awareness and link people with vital services.

MSF and sexual and gender-based violence

Sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) is a medical emergency. 

It shatters the lives of millions across the globe and can occur in any society at any time, but often increases in unstable situations such as armed conflicts.

Sexual violence is complex and stigmatising, has long-lasting consequences, and can result in physical and psychological health risks.

In 2021, MSF provided medical care to 34,800 survivors of sexual violence – 5,500 more than in 2020.