The toll of violence against women is enormous, costing billions of dollars in social, judicial and health costs, as well as further billions in lost productivity and wages. .
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Violence against women is a pervasive public health and human rights problem affecting both the physical and mental health of women and girls worldwide. International Medical Corps (IMC) integrates innovative strategies into its programs to address the problem of gender-based violence, or GBV. In post-conflict settings, IMC teams conduct intensive technical training for service providers treating survivors as well as community stakeholders who implement robust public awareness programs.

In Burundi, International Medical Corps trains health workers to provide GBV survivors with appropriate medical care. IMC works with local public health authorities and influential community leaders to hold awareness sessions that discourage GBV and support survivors by offering livelihood skills training.

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