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Health consequences of female genital mutilation/cutting in the Gambia, evidence into action
Kaplan Marcusán, Adriana (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Antropologia Social i Cultural)
Hechavarría, Suiberto (Universidad Médica de la Habana (La Habana, Cuba))
Martín Mateo, Miguel (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Grup de Recerca d'Amèrica i África Llatines)
Bonhoure, Isabelle (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Departament d'Antropologia Social i Cultural)

Data: 2011
Resum: Background: Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) is a harmful traditional practice with severe health complications, deeply rooted in many Sub-Saharan African countries. In The Gambia, the prevalence of FGM/C is 78. 3% in women aged between 15 and 49 years. The objective of this study is to perform a first evaluation of the magnitude of the health consequences of FGM/C in The Gambia. Methods: Data were collected on types of FGM/C and health consequences of each type of FGM/C from 871 female patients who consulted for any problem requiring a medical gynaecologic examination and who had undergone FGM/C in The Gambia. Results: The prevalence of patients with different types of FGM/C were: type I, 66. 2%; type II, 26. 3%; and type III, 7. 5%. Complications due to FGM/C were found in 299 of the 871 patients (34. 3%). Even type I, the form of FGM/C of least anatomical extent, presented complications in 1 of 5 girls and women examined. Conclusion: This study shows that FGM/C is still practiced in all the six regions of The Gambia, the most common form being type I, followed by type II. All forms of FGM/C, including type I, produce significantly high percentages of complications, especially infections.
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Llengua: Anglès
Document: article ; publishedVersion
Matèria: Female genital mutilation ; Gambia ; Sexual and reproductive health ; Africa
Publicat a: Reproductive health, Vol. 8, N. 26 (October 2011) , p. 1-6, ISSN 1742-4755

DOI: 10.1186/1742-4755-8-26

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