Eliminating FGM: what can health professionals do?

The Lancet

Female genital mutilation (FGM)—defined by WHO as “procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”—is internationally recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Worldwide, more than 200 million girls and women suffer the physical and psychological consequences of FGM. FGM is a harmful practice and can cause several immediate and long-term health consequences such as haemorrhage, post-traumatic stress disorder, painful urination, and complications in childbirth. However, many health professionals worldwide are unaware of the negative health consequences of FGM and remain inadequately trained to recognise and manage the complications properly.

May 27, 2016
Year of publication
2016
Resource types
Reports and Fact sheets
Tags
female genital mutilation (FGM), human rights, health care workers, women, girls

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