Although Nigeria has shown a steady long-term decline in female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) prevalence, the practice remains widespread. This study brief outlines the Population Council’s Evidence to End FGM/C research program, which, in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Health, will conduct a diagnostic assessment in order to: 1) examine how the healthcare sector supports the prevention of FGM/C; 2) determine the role of the healthcare sector in the management of FGM/C-related complications and the quality of care offered to clients; and 3) identify possible solutions for strengthening the healthcare system’s capacity to manage and prevent FGM/C. Findings are intended to inform programs and policies in order to strengthen the preparedness of Nigerian health system actors to provide quality care to girls and women who have undergone FGM/C and to prevent new cutting of girls and women in health facilities and communities. Evidence generated could also be used by policymakers and program implementers to design interventions preventing medicalization.
Obianwu, Otibho. 2018. "Exploring the Nigerian health system’s response to female genital mutilation/cutting," study brief. Abuja: Population Council.
Evidence to End FGM/C: Research to Help Girls and Women Thrive