Sexual and reproductive health

Estimating the obstetric costs of female genital mutilation in six African countries

Article - Bulletin of the World Health Organization

David Bishai, Yung-Ting Bonnenfant, Manal Darwish, Taghreed Adam, Heli Bathija, Elise Johansen, Dale Huntington for the FGM Cost Study Group of the World Health Organization


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Number of pages: 8
Publication date: January 2010
Languages: English - Web only
WHO reference number: 2010;88:281-288 - doi: 10.2471/BLT.09.064808


A study to estimate the economic costs of FGM was carried out in 2008. The study used the findings from the WHO study on the association between the different types of FGM and obstetric outcome and examined three issues: (1) estimating the medical costs associated with FGM; (2) building a model to estimate the economic costs to the communities due to FGM, using a DALY burden of disease methodology; and (3) estimating the cost-effectiveness of a hypothetical intervention that lowers the incidence of FGM by 10%.

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