Umeed Ki Kiran Clinic
Treating survivors of sexual and gender-based violence in Delhi
What is Sexual and Gender-Based Violence
Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) is any sexual act, attempt to obtain an act, unwanted sexual comments or advances, or acts to traffic, directed against a person’s sexuality, using coercion, threats of harm or physical force, by any person regardless of relationship, in any setting, including, home and work. This can include: rape within marriage or dating relationships, rape by strangers, rape during armed conflict, sexual slavery, unwanted sexual advances or sexual harassment, including demanding sex in return for favours, sexual abuse of disabled people, sexual abuse of children, forced marriage, marriage of children, denial of the right to use contraception or measures to protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), forced pregnancy, forced abortion, enforced sterilisation, violent acts against the sexual integrity of women, including female genital mutilation, and obligatory inspections for virginity, forced prostitution and trafficking of people for the purpose of sexual exploitation.
Our Clinic and Model of Care
In November 2015, MSF opened Umeed Ki Kiran, a community-based clinic in North Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area. In line with the national protocol, the 24×7 clinic provides quality treatment (treatment of injuries; prevention of HIV/AIDS, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases) to survivors of sexual violence, rape and domestic violence. In addition, our counsellors offer psychosocial support to reduce the risk of psychological complications which can occur as a result of violence.
Well-trained, all-female staff including medical doctors, nurses, counsellor-educators and social workers provide survivor-centric care at Umeed Ki Kiran Clinic in Jahangirpuri, which is a community-based, standalone OPD clinic operating 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.