New WHO guidelines Hopes To Improve Care for Millions Living With Female Genital Mutilation aka FGM
Africa’s diverse Cultural beliefs continue to pose challenges to the World, In an effort to curb down the growing challenges and suffering for victims of female genitalia mutilation, the World Health Organization WHO has launched its new mandated guide for the health and community support networks across the globe whose aims are to standardize the care and emotional support for the 200 million women living with consequential health problems after undergoing the barbaric cultural act of FGM.
Dr Flavia Bustreo, World Health Organization’ Assistant Director General Is quoted saying that “Health workers have a crucial role in helping address the global health issue. They must know how to recognize and tackle health complications of Fimale Genitalia Mutilation.” Dr Flavia Bustreo also pointed out that unless Access to the right information and good training is made available to the right people prevention to proliferation of this cowardly act of cruity remains a challenge to the world. There is a need to ensure that new that the millions of women who have undergone FGM get the help they need.”
The main aim for this new guidelines is to help health workers provide better care to more than 200 million girls and women worldwide living with female genital mutilation.
Female genital mutilation (FGM) describes all procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. FGM has no health benefits, can cause grave harm, and violates the rights of girls and women. Procedures can cause severe bleeding, problems urinating, and later cysts, infections, and death. FGM can also result in complications in childbirth and increased risk of newborn deaths.
International migration has now made the practice, prevalent in 30 countries in Africa and a few countries in Asia and the Middle East, a global health issue.
Why the need for health care
Health workers across the world now need to be prepared to provide care to girls and women who have undergone FGM. But, health workers are often unaware of the many negative health consequences of FGM and many remain inadequately trained to recognize and treat them properly. As a result, many women may suffer needlessly from physical and mental health consequences due to FGM.