New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

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New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

I saw this announcement on the HIFA Dgroup ( dgroups.org/hifa ) and thought it was relevant for our Forum as well:

New WHO guidelines to improve care for millions living with female genital mutilation

News release

16 MAY 2016 | GENEVA | COPENHAGEN - New WHO recommendations aim to help health workers provide better care to the more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation.

Female genital mutilation (FGM) describes all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has no health benefits, can cause grave harm, and violates the rights of girls and women. Procedures can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, and death. FGM can also result in complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.

International migration has now made the practice, prevalent in 30 countries in Africa and in a few countries in Asia and the Middle East, a global health issue.


See: www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/20...ation-guidelines/en/ for more details or access the new WHO publication here:
www.who.int/reproductivehealth/topics/fg...omplications-fgm/en/

This looks like a very comprehensive report.

In case you're wondering what FGM has to do with sanitation (and this Forum), we have discussed this here:
forum.susana.org/forum/categories/257-fe...-links-to-sanitation

In brief: there are overlaps as it affects the women's abilities to urinate and for menstrual hygiene management. Also it's yet another taboo subject that could be tackled in focus group discussions that are dealing with sanitation and public health issues in an integrated fashion.

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