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The Role of the Nigerian Health System in the Prevention of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting- Webinar

February 5, 2020 @ 10:00 am 11:00 am EST

This event is organized by ICRW and supported by the Global Health Council. For those who would like to join ICRW at the ICRW office to view the livestream, please RSVP by clicking here.

Join ICRW for their next Insight to Action event, as they host the second 2019 Paula Kantor Award winner and Program Officer, Grantmaking and International Partnerships at the International Women’s Health Coalition (IWHC), Otibho Obianwu, as she discusses the Nigerian health system’s role in the prevention of FGM/C.

Female genital mutilation/cutting remains widespread in Nigeria, with a national prevalence of 18.4 percent among women ages 15 to 49 years and 25.3 percent among girls younger than 15. With a population of over 190 million people, this translates into millions of women and girls that have been cut. The health system offers a unique platform to facilitate both FGM/C abandonment and care for women and girls who have suffered complications.

Dr. Obianwu will be sharing findings from a mixed-methods study that sought to examine how the Nigerian health system supports the prevention of FGM/C, determine the health system’s role in the management of FGM/C-related complications, assess the quality of care offered to clients and identify possible solutions for strengthening the health system’s capacity to manage and prevent FGM/C.