Female genital mutilation (FGM)
prevention and care:
A resource kit
for the health sector
This resource kit is a collection of tools and guidance for countries to develop and implement health sector programmes on FGM according to their needs – so that every girl or woman at risk of FGM, or who has already undergone this harmful practice, gets the care and services she needs.
Why is a health sector response needed to address FGM?
FGM is a harmful traditional practice that affects over 200 million girls and women alive today around the world. It is a form of gender discrimination and it violates fundamental human rights. It also has health risks, and addressing these brings economic costs.
Health-care providers are influential members of society and can support social norm change processes through routine health promotion services offered at the facility and community levels. Health-care providers in primary care or specialized health services can play an important role in improving the quality of life of FGM survivors by providing appropriate clinical management and by referring cases for relevant legal and protection services. Moreover, the health sector more broadly can reach communities where more girls and women can receive the care they need.
Together with the legal and education sectors and civil society, the health sector can contribute collaboratively in national efforts to end FGM and to improve the health and quality of life of its survivors.
Intended users of this resource kit
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