New WHO Clinical Handbook for Women and Girls Living with Female Genital Mutilation

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01/05/2018 12:00 am

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It is estimated that over 200 million girls and women worldwide are living with FGM, which can affect multiple aspects of a woman’s health and well-being. Despite its high prevalence in many settings and the health consequences associated with it, many health-care providers have limited knowledge on FGM and limited skills for preventing and managing related complications. To address this gap, WHO continues to develop evidence-informed guidelines and tools to ensure that affected girls and women receive the highest quality care possible.

What’s new about this publication is that it distils the evidence informed recommendations into a practical and user-friendly tool for everyday use by health-care providers. It covers a wide range of health topics in nine chapters, ranging from basic knowledge and communication skills to management of a range of complications. Moreover, it describes how to offer first-line mental and sexual health support as part of comprehensive care to address multiple aspects of women’s health and well-being.

This handbook is for health care providers involved in the care of girls and women who have been subjected to any form of female genital mutilation (FGM). This includes obstetricians and gynaecologists, surgeons, general medical practitioners, midwives, nurses and other country-specific health professionals. Health-care professionals providing mental health care, and educational and psychosocial support – such as psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers and health educators – will also find this handbook helpful.

This clinical handbook is based on the WHO Guidelines on the management of health complications from female genital mutilation, 2016.

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