WHO Clinical Handbook

New clinical handbook for health professionals caring for girls and women living with FGM

In nine easy-to-read chapters, the new WHO Clinical handbook – Care of girls and women living with female genital mutilation gives essential information to health care professionals on how best to provide care to girls and women who have been subjected to any type of FGM, either recently or several years previously.

It includes advice on how to:

  • communicate effectively and sensitively with girls and women who have developed health complications due to FGM;
  • communicate effectively and sensitively with the husbands or partners and family members of those affected;
  • provide quality health care to girls and women who have health problems due to FGM, including immediate and short-term urogynaecological or obstetric complications;
  • provide support to women who have mental health and sexual health complications caused by FGM; make informed decisions on how and when to perform deinfibulation
  • identify when and where to refer patients who need additional support and care; and
  • work with patients and families to prevent the practice of FGM.

You can download the handbook from the WHO website.

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