Sexual and reproductive health

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

A review

Authors:
World Health Organization, Department of Gender, Women and Health

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

Publication details

Number of pages: 168
Publication date: 1999
Languages: English
WHO reference number: WHO/CHS/WMH/99.5 - Web only

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To document the status of and trends in FGM programming, and to identify crucial elements that need to be prioritized for future support, WHO commissioned the Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) to undertake a review of FGM programmes in countries in the WHO African and Eastern Mediterranean Regions.

This review is designed to serve as a programming tool and/or a baseline for monitoring the evolution of FGM elimination efforts. It is also designed to serve as a programming tool for donors and policy-makers trying to understand FGM and behaviour change, and nongovernmental groups implementing anti-FGM programmes. Governments and countries are confronted with complex and culturally entrenched beliefs on FGM, referred to in the review as “the mental map”.