USAID-funded Benin Private Sector Health Partnership Activity (PSHPA) aims to improve access to and quality of private sector health services, including for traditionally underserved and vulnerable populations. The team does this through expanding volume of high-quality, high-impact reproductive, maternal, newborn, and child health (RMNCH) services delivered by private sector providers and strengthening public-private engagement to promote universal RMNCH outcomes. To this aim, PSHPA works with the Plateform de Santé Sanitaire Privé (PSSP – Private Sector Health Platform), a network of private providers that share resources and liaise with the Ministry of Health and the public health sector.
Encompass, as the gender and youth partner, provides training and technical support to private providers and PSSP to strengthen provider capacity and improve service quality related to gender-sensitive services, including response to gender-based violence. Building upon training content for private providers, EnCompass developed a GBV e-learning resource for PSSP member providers that comprises an interactive PDF that includes key terms, types of violence, and the role of health workers in identifying, treating, and referring GBV survivors, the survivor-centered care approach, and local resources for providers and survivors in response to GBV. The e-learning resource is accompanied by a 13-minute video demonstrating the human impact of GBV and the importance of health workers’ role in GBV prevention and response by spotlighting a survivor’s and response agents’ experiences with GBV in Benin. These combined resources aim to raise awareness among private health providers about gender-based violence and best practices for providing sensitive care and appropriate referrals for survivors in their care.