Female Genital Mutilation
According to the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), there are an estimated 130 million women and girls living with FGM worldwide. Most of these women are located in 29 African countries. In the UK, FGM is increasingly identified amongst migrants from FGM-practising countries. There are an estimated 137 000 women in the UK affected by FGM.
In July 2014, the UK hosted the first Girl Summit which emphasised the need to end the practice of FGM within a generation. Health Education England (HEE) is committed to training frontline healthcare professionals to recognise and support women and girls who may have undergone FGM.
The e-FGM educational programme has been developed by HEE e-Learning for Healthcare and is provided free to all healthcare professionals, including school nurses, practice nurses, health visitors and GPs. Developed in collaboration with key stakeholders, and supported by the Department of Health’s FGM Prevention team, the material deals with the issues posed by FGM at all stages of a girl or woman’s life.