Karibuni Wamama officially opened in October 2010. The Centre is housed in the former Médecins Sans Frontiéres (MSF) Bon Marche hospital in Bunia. Karibuni Wamama combines MSF’s “Women and Family Health Project” with SOFEPADI’s services to support survivors of sexual violence. Although initially a project of MSF, the Centre is now independently run by SOFEPADI. MSF continues to provide medical and technical support to the Centre to maintain the high quality of services and programming.
Karibuni Wamama works directly with survivors of sexual violence to provide them with medical care, psychosocial support and legal services. The Center also provides family planning education, pre-natal counselling to women and families and contraceptives. Karibuni Wamama also offers HIV/AIDS screening and treats fistula cases. Karibuni Wamama is the first centre of its kind in the Ituri province.
Since opening its doors in 2010, Karibuni Wamama has provided health assistance to more than 3 400 survivors of sexual violence. In its first 3 months of operations, the Centre treated over 2 000 patients for sexually transmitted diseases – 80% of whom were women. The family planning seminars have reached over 319 couples that now apply the methods they learned to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The Centre continues to provide essential medical care to women in the Bunia region.