IMA is the lead implementer of the USAID’s Tushinde Ujeuri: Comprehensive Services to Address GBV Project in Eastern Congo, where years of insecurity and conflict alongside deeply rooted gender inequities and harmful cultural practices have contributed to high rates of SGBV. These, in turn, cause severe medical, psychological, economic and social suffering for survivors, their families and communities. Tushinde Ujeuri is a comprehensive community-based program designed to help communities respond to and prevent SGBV. In Swahili, its name means “We Overcome Violence.”
"The IMA World Health led consortium of local and international partners has been at the forefront of countering gender-based violence in eastern DRC. The approach of Tushinde Ujeuri is not only to prevent and respond to GBV, but to reintegrate GBV survivors back into their communities through holistic medical, psychosocial, legal, and socio-economic support, disrupting the broader cycle of GBV."
- Noshaba Zafar, Senior Technical Advisor for Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Tushinde Ujeuri builds on the highly successful USAID Ushindi Project (2010-2017), through which IMA provided SGBV prevention and response activities in highest risk areas of Eastern Congo. IMA’s holistic approach to addressing SGBV incorporates social and financial recovery, in addition to medical care and psychosocial support. Ushindi directly assisted nearly 30,000 survivors of SGBV from 2010 to 2017. In a recent peer-reviewed article, IMA staff and experts in public health reflected on the success of the Ushinde program stating, “The consortium provided a comprehensive package of services to SGBV survivors, focusing on medical, emotional, psychological, legal, and socio-economic needs.”