FOCUS AREAS - FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) & HEALTHCARE FOR WOMEN WHO NEED TREATMENT
- What is female genital mutilation(FGM)?
“FGM is a common term for various types of surgery of girls and women where external genital parts are partially or completely removed, or another type of permanent damage is caused, without medical grounds. »
FGM is a harmful act that is practiced in many countries in Africa and some countries in the Middle East. FGM is illegal in Norway. Norwegian authorities have initiated a number of measures against FGM. One of these is information campaign aimed at people with an immigrant background from countries that perform FGM. This information was created by and is available from the Norwegian Center for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies (NKVTS). Intercultural health info (IHI) will make this information even more accessible to immigrants by informing on seminars and in appropriate meetings with certain people. In addition, this information may be available by going to the following links at NKVTS:
Prevention and treatment of FGM
The following excerpt is from the Directorate of Health:
Healthcare professionals should contribute to:
preventing genital mutilation of girls who have come from countries where FGM is practiced
the persons concerned are well informed about the ban, health consequences and health care in relation to female genital mutilation.
the people who need it receive the necessary medical care and treatment in relation to female genital mutilation.