Female genital mutilation: an overview
What does every doctor need to know?
- By: Jane Simpson
How much do you know about female genital mutilation (FGM)? You may have heard about it in the news, but would you know what to do if you thought a child was at risk? With increasing numbers of girls in the United Kingdom thought to be affected, the medical establishment has finally woken up to the need for a comprehensive and wide reaching approach. In 2011 the government published multiagency guidelines on FGM detailing the role of health professionals in offering high quality care to those affected and preventing future cases.1 In May 2012, the chief medical officer issued a declaration that all health professionals should familiarise themselves with the actions they should take where they believe that a girl has undergone or is at risk of FGM.
These moves have established learning about FGM as integral to the basic medical curriculum. However, familiarity with how to manage a case