WHO highlights resources for continuing the crucial work of preventing female genital mutilation (FGM) and providing healthcare to girls and women at risk or affected – during COVID-19 and beyond.

Marking the annual International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the context of COVID-19 is a timely reminder of the health sector’s vital role in ending this violation of girls’ and women’s health and human rights.

From offering preventive services at the primary care level to ensuring the highest quality care possible for women and girls who have already undergone FGM, healthcare providers are powerful agents for change and service in their communities.

WHO and HRP Research are working with national research institutions in Guinea, Kenya and Somalia to study the effectiveness of a health systems FGM prevention and care package.

The package includes interactive training for nurses and midwives to build skills for providing person-centered communication on FGM prevention. Empowering healthcare providers to communicate effectively, empathically and in a sensitive way is critical for preventing and treating FGM – and for improving the quality of health care for women in general...more