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The devastating consequences of rape--HIV, STDs and unwanted pregnancy--are preventable with inexpensive medications.  Tracking these life-saving medications gives early, anonymous and geographic data about where mass sexual violence is occurring.

The devastating consequences of rape--HIV, STDs and unwanted pregnancy--are preventable with inexpensive medications. Tracking these life-saving medications gives early, anonymous and geographic data about where mass sexual violence is occurring.

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Joshua commented on Stop Mass Sexual Violence

Julie, Thanks for the comment. This project is almost entirely the work of Congolese people like yourself. We are thankful for their efforts to stop gender-based violence.

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Joshua commented on Stop Mass Sexual Violence

Thanks for the help!

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Joshua commented on Stop Mass Sexual Violence

Claudia--Thanks for the comment. The way the system works now is that our data manager calls each clinic every day (they could call him as well). They also communicate by text message. If a mass event happens, then the data manager receives that information by phone or text and then looks at the map to see where there are other clinics nearby. He would then call those sites and arrange for a transfer. During the short pilot period, we have already had mass events as high as 14 people. The original idea behind the tracking was to prevent stock-outs, which as you pointed out are critical when the treatment is time sensitive.

In the future with a scaled up system, we could have it so that the clinics themselves send text messages that immediately show up as 'orders' on the web platform. The only reason we didn't roll this out with the pilot is it requires a little more time to train the local staff and it assumes knowledge about PEP--but this is our goal for the future. Critical to the success of this work is that providers need to know how to use PEP kits and people need to know that PEP kits exist. We are working with community health workers and other groups in the field to get this message out.

Thanks again--Josh