There is increased need for information and response GBV services, i.e. a report by Childline indicates that numbers of COVID-19 calls related to GBV has increased by 22 per cent since the outbreak of COVID-19; this includes increase in number cases in need of child protection and mental health psychosocial support services.
Protection partners have reported the need for more safe shelters for GBV survivors and PPE’s for community action teams that conduct GBV outreach. Currently there are only three Government-run shelters and five run by civil society organizations in the 10 provinces in the country.
Vulnerable women and girls infected with COVID-19 require access to menstrual hygiene products.
Reduced income due to COVID-19 pandemic is contributing to an increased exposure to risks of survival sex in Maheba settlement.
Sector partners supported the refugee women and men’s networks cluster GBV/COVID-19 sensitizations, in Lusaka. Five sensitization sessions were conducted targeting local markets and community water points (water kiosks) in Chipata, Chawama, Kanyama and Mandevu compounds reaching 276 individuals who included both Zambians and refugees.
UNHCR has rolled out the new GBV policy on the prevention of risk mitigation and response to refugees and the host community in all settlements through community information sessions.
Refugees in the settlements continued to access child-friendly services including identification of children at risk and participation at child safe parks. A total of 1,217 children (384 girls and 833 boys) were reached with messages on the service referral pathway and information on response services available.
Sector partners engaged a consultant to conduct a rapid assessment in Nakonde, Chirundu and Ndola to inform understanding of community risk profiles, myths and misconceptions regarding COVID 19. The findings will help develop appropriate communication interventions to increase COVID-19 awareness.
Sector partners procured dignity and mama kits to be distributed in Nakonde, Chirundu and Chililabombwe-Kasumbalesa districts.
With support from Humanitarian Thematic Fun, adolescent girls and young women were reached with GBV information and services in Nakonde, Chirundu and Chililabombwe-Kasumbalesa districts.
In all other parts of the country GBV services are being provided through the Ministry of Health and the Zambia Police Service.
Inadequate nutrition services to support malnourished children in refugee settlements.