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Female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) is a cultural practice associated with health consequences and rights violations. In Kenya, health sector–led FGM/C-related interventions are anchored in the legal and policy instruments and guidelines adapted from global/regional frameworks, as well as interventional tools approved by the World Health Organization. Despite the existence of the instruments, guidelines, and tools that should direct a robust health system response to FGM/C, the practice persists and quality of care of services for women and girls with FGM/C-related complications has not been ascertained. Evidence on whether the health sector implements relevant FGM/C-related legal and policy frameworks to address the practice and its related impacts is also lacking. To address these gaps, a diagnostic assessment of the health sector’s response to FGM/C management and prevention was conducted. Findings of the assessment, noted in this working paper, underscore the need for investments to strengthen the health sector’s response to FGM/C by developing appropriate tools and guidelines that inform the prevention, management, and quality of care for women with FGM/C, including integration of interventions at all levels of the health sector.






Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive