Kasia Strek/Panos Pictures

Planes de Renderos, El Salvador

In the Maternity Waiting House in Planes de Renderos, Noemi Martinez Gonzales (22) is going through a medical checkup. She has severe urinal infection and anaemia. Apart from having her pulse checked and going through a quick audio ultrasound of her stomach, she is also asked obligatory questions prepared to reveal cases of sexual violence. However, most doctors working in maternal health, like Patricia Tobar (25), are in their last year of university, do not specialise in gynaecology and do their shifts without payment as part of their obligatory internships. They are not trained on how to talk to the victims of violence. The examination is therefore done quickly, in a superficial way, using straightforward 'yes' or 'no' questions about forced intercourse or physical and psychological domestic abuse.

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Kasia Strek/Panos Pictures
Planes de Renderos
El Salvador
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5000 x 3338 pixels
42.33 x 28.26 cm (300 dpi)
16.67 x 11.13 inch (300 dpi)
5.5 MB size on disk
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