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The Cece Yara Foundation has struck a strategic partnership with the Women at Risk International Foundation (WARIF) to operate the WARIF Satellite Clinic at Cece Yara. This partnership is hinged on the need to prevent survivors of sexual abuse from moving from one child protection agency to another and thereby preventing the retraumatisation of children who have experienced abuse. Adetutu Ajibodu, Chief Executive Officer, Cece Yara Foundation, made this disclosure at a press conference on Tuesday, 31st January, 2023.

Ajibodu, responding on the purpose of collaboration with WARIF, said, “In order to enhance service delivery for both organisations while maintaining our focus as a one-stop response center for children who have experienced child sexual abuse, we recognised the importance of partnering with a reputable organisation whose core values are in alignment with our own. We have known WARIF to be dependable co-labourers in this delicate field of keeping women and children protected from sexual violence, it was therefore a pleasure to collaborate with them on this project”.

Dr. Aniekan Makanjuola, Centre Manager at WARIF, added that the collaboration with the Cece Yara Foundation and the launch of the WARIF Satellite Clinic at the CeCe Yara Foundation would ensure that women and children who are survivors of gender-based violence have access to medical care, forensic examinations, counselling, and social welfare in Lagos State.

Responding to the question on the purpose of the clinic, Ajibodu said, “The WARIF Satellite Clinic at Cece Yara will give easy access to medical treatment and evaluation aimed at adducing evidence to corroborate or otherwise any allegation of child sexual abuse at no cost”.

In addressing the plans for sustainability and the future goals of the collaboration between WARIF and Cece Yara, Ajibodu said, Cece Yara will continue to partner with WARIF for technical support to train more medical personnel in specialised sexual assault response, use of rape kits, proper documentation of medical report, preservation of evidence, giving expert testimony in court and collaboration with other Sexual Assault and Referral Centres (SARCs) to sustain the operation of the clinic.

Makanjuola also said, “The WARIF Satellite Clinic located at CeCe Yara is a strategic implementation to offer full holistic medical services. Beneficiaries at the facility will have access to resources and personnel from both WARIF and CeCe Yara. This collective approach will help achieve the vision of a society free of rape, child abuse, and gender-based violence. WARIF would continue to collaborate with CeCe Yara and other like-minded organisations to ensure that we achieve this”.

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