WHO issues first guidelines on treating female genital mutil
The World Health Organization on Monday released its first-ever guidelines on how medical professionals should treat victims of female genital mutilation (FGM), hoping to ease the terrible suffering caused by the widely condemned practice.
The UN health agency estimates that 200 million women and girls have been subjected to FGM worldwide. Victims are left to cope with a range of consequences from bleeding and pain while urinating, extreme discomfort during sex, fatal complications in childbirth and deep psychological trauma.
FGM is most prevalent in Africa -- where it is practiced in some 30 countries despite widespread criminalisation -- as well as pockets of Asia and the Middle East. While doctors in those regions have a poor track record of treating victims, WHO stressed that global migration had increasingly brought the problem to the West, where medical professionals have also been ill-prepared to respond.

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