Key Note Address- Head of RMHSU

The head of the Reproductive and Maternal Health Services Unit (RMHSU) gave a key note address and is shown below:

"Having worked in Narok County as a gynaecologist, I came in contact with the experience of FGM and its complications, so I support the work ACCAF is doing first due to my personal experience and also from the work I do.

As the wave of modernity sweep across societies including Kenya, several harmful practices that have very negative effects on women and their reproductive health and rights still persist. These practices include child marriages, female genital mutilation or cutting (FGM/C) and nutritional taboos that affect the health of girls and women. FGM/C in particular contravenes several basic rights of women and girls, including the right to life and the right to be free from inhumane and degrading treatment. 

An estimated 100 million to 140 million women and girls worldwide have undergone FGM/C and more than 3 million girls are at risk of FGM/C each year on the African continent alone. In Kenya, the overall prevalence of FGM/C has been reducing. The percent of women aged 15 to 49 who have undergone the procedure according to 2014 KDHS is 21, which is a decline from 27 percent in 2008/09, 32 percent in 2003 and 38 percent in 1998.  

While the practice has been primarily carried out by traditional practitioners including traditional local specialists known for performing circumcisions, traditional birth attendants, and older women, this trend is now shifting and it is increasingly being performed by health professionals including click here to continue