New flipchart unveiled in fight against Female Genital Mutilation

February 10, 2021

 

The recent launch of a new educational resource driven by Project lead and Women’s Health Coordinator, Dr Carol Kaplanian and supported by The Women & Infants Research Foundation (WIRF), will provide new hope in the fight against Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation (FGC/M).

The Female Genital Cutting/Mutilation flipchart is the first resource of its kind in WA, and will assist those clinicians working with young girls and pregnant women to diagnose and classify FGC/M so appropriate treatment can be provided.

The Chart will be piloted in seven hospitals and clinics across WA and will be distributed for state-wide use together with a tailored training package after the pilot initiative.

Female genital cutting/mutilation involves the partial or total removal of external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.   FGC/M significantly harms the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women worldwide, including here in Perth.

More than 200 million girls and women alive today have been subjected to FGM; a practice which has no health benefits.

Project lead and Women’s Health Coordinator (Culturally and Linguistically Diverse) Dr Carol Kaplanian explained the critical need to better support clinicians in their antenatal conversations with women affected by FGC/M.

“Women and girls living with FGC/M face serious risks to their health and well-being. These include immediate consequences after being cut, such as infections, bleeding or psychological trauma,” she said.

“ The Flip Chart… will also facilitate health workers to have conversations with women about any domestic violence concerns and other important family issues.”

Treatment of health complications of FGM in 27 high prevalence countries costs $1.8 billion per year.