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{Photo Credit: Adama Sanogo}Survivor and subject of story.Photo Credit: Adama Sanogo

Originally published on Rights & Realities blog The FCI Program of Management Sciences for Health, with support from the Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) Humanitarian Sub-cluster (funded by UNFPA), works with trained village focal points to refer SGBV survivors from 59 villages in Mopti to free medical and psychosocial services at 9 referral hospitals and pharmacies. A 15-year-old client of services, and survivor of familial rape, tells her story. This is her account as told to Adama Sanogo/FCI Program of MSH.

{Photo Credit: Chisomo Mdalla}Inspecting the water system at Mitundu Rural Hospital.Photo Credit: Chisomo Mdalla

When a blackout occurred one September evening in 2017 after Pilirani Kabango ended her shift,, she did not anticipate any unusual consequences. Power outages during this time of year are not uncommon in Malawi, and despite high temperatures and the fact that the rivers supporting electricity generation were drying up, demand for power continues. The three water tanks at Lilongwe’s Mitundu Rural Hospital, where Pilirani works as a nursing supervisor—among the biggest rural public hospitals in Malawi—had a combined capacity of 30,000 liters.

{Photo Credit: Julienne Ahua/MSH}Dr Kouadio (with the stethoscope) and her pediatric team at Yamoussoukro Regional Hospital Center.Photo Credit: Julienne Ahua/MSH

"My passion for babies was born from personal experience. I lost my parents at a very early age,” recalled Dr. Kouamé Kouadio, Head of the Pediatric Department at the Regional Hospital Center of Yamoussoukro, the administrative and political capital of Côte d'Ivoire.

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