Sexual and reproductive health

Female genital mutilation programmes to date: what works and what doesn't

Policy brief

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Publication details

Number of pages: 6
Publication date: 2011
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/RHR/11.36


The pace of efforts to eliminate the practice of FGM has picked up over the last thirty years, and although a decline has been evident, this has occurred at a slower rate than was hoped. Interventions have been poorly evaluated thus far to allow both international and national NGOs and governments to know where best to place their limited resources and prevent as many girls from undergoing the practice. The review conducted by PATH on behalf of the WHO looked at which anti-FGM interventions work and which do not.