Doctoral candidate Munala presents dissertation research at APHA

December 12, 2014

Leso Munala, a doctoral candidate in Community Health Education, presented a poster at the recent American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting held in New Orleans. Her poster presentation, titled “Capacity building needs in the provision of post rape care services in Nairobi, Kenya,” was based on research conducted in 2013 as part of her dissertation and supported in part by an international travel research grant awarded by the School of Public Health and Health Sciences.

Munala’s study aims to identify and analyze the factors that influence the quality of services provided to female survivors of sexual violence in Kenya. Munala identified capacity building, which refers to aspects of service provision that need to be revamped in order to improve the systems in which the practitioners provide services to survivors, as a primary need. The practitioners identified areas that needed capacity building efforts: hospital environment/institutional obstacles; lack of transportation and referral systems; administrative support and requisite oversight; and forensic management path to justice/law enforcement. Munala’s study contributes to the discussion of one of the WHO’s recommendations on responding to the global crisis of violence, specifically, the strengthening of care and support services for victims.