Support for Victims of Sexual and Gender-based Violence (SGBV) – Single Phase

Project completed

Women and girls in Afghanistan who experienced gender based violence (GBV) are confronted with inadequate health services and insufficiently trained health staff to receive appropriate treatment and care. The project is designed to improve quality of care for women and girls affected by GBV by training health care staff in a trauma-sensitive approach (TSA). Results from monitoring and evaluation will be used for policy dialogue in the field of basic health, to document lessons learned and for advocacy.

Country/region Topic Period Budget
Human rights
Conflict & fragility
Conflict prevention and transformation
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
Psycho-social support (till 2016)
15.09.2015 - 31.10.2018
CHF  1’051’000

In Afghanistan, gender disparities are stark in all spheres of life. The UNDP’s gender equality index still ranks Afghanistan as one of the most unequal countries in the world. The high prevalence of domestic and GBV is a disturbing consequence of complex inequalities and social constraints. Studies suggest that 87 percent of Afghan women experience at least one form of physical, sexual or psychological violence.

Many victims of GBV never report being assaulted and don’t seek treatment because of the shame and social stigma attached to GBV. Those who do face a number of institutional barriers: Afghan hospitals often lack private space, service facilities and qualified health care staff for the treatment of victims of GBV.

While considerable progress has been made in recent years with regards to policies, much remains to be done, especially with regards to their implementation.


Women and girls affected by sexual and gender-based violence have increased access to quality health care services responsive to their particular needs.

Target groups

The project will work directly with at least 80 health-care professionals and at least five government employees within the ministry of public health.

It is estimated that the outcomes of the phase will benefit 300’000 women and girls affected by GBV in Afghanistan.

Through the training of trainers, the increased awareness and the identification of measures to overcome institutional barriers, the potential longer term outreach of the project goes far beyond that.

Medium-term outcomes

Outcome 1: Trained health-care staff provides trauma-sensitive treatment and care for women affected by GBV.

Outcome 2: Government institutions and hospital directors have increased awareness on the need to integrate a trauma-sensitive approach into health-care services and identify ways to overcome institutional barriers.


Expected results:  

For Outcome 1:

  • 80 health-care professionals have improved attitude, knowledge and practical skills to identify, examine and provide trauma-sensitive care for women victims of GBV.
  • 10 staff of Medica Afghanistan and 5 staff of the Ministry of Public Health are able to train health-care staff in a trauma-sensitive approach.

For Outcome 2:

  • The Ministry of Public Health, its gender unit and other key stakeholders know about the quality of health-care services in selected hospitals and obstacles for women affected by GBV.
  • There is increased public debate and sharing of knowledge on the need to strengthen access to trauma-sensitive health-care services for women affected by GBV in Afghanistan.

Results from previous phases:  

This is a single-phase project.

Directorate/federal office responsible SDC
Credit area Development cooperation
Project partners Contract partner
International or foreign NGO

Other partners

medica mondiale

Coordination with other projects and actors

Ministry of Public Health (gender unit, mental health unit), Kabul University (psychology department), Afghan Women’s Network, Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission’s (women’s rights unit)

Budget Current phase Swiss budget CHF    1’051’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF    960’573
Project phases

Phase 1 15.09.2015 - 31.10.2018   (Completed)