Vision Mission and Core Values

The Centre will have four objectives:

1. Identify knowledge gaps and support and stimulate research in the field of FGM/C
2. Support networking and knowledge exchange between researchers, health professionals and community workers on the abandonment of FGM/C
3. Improve health care for women and children who have undergone FGM/C
4. Advocate, educate and create a supportive environment for cultural change

The details and strategies of each objective are outlined below.

Objective One: Advocate, educate and create a supportive environment for cultural change
Strategies:
1. Conduct leadership training within the community and research to strengthen work to influence national policies and guidelines to integrate a focus on FGM/C where possible.
2. Support grassroot-level and community based initiatives to stimulate awareness and address FGM/C as a public health issue.
3. Support interventions and initiatives that work towards engaging FGM/C practicing communties in behavioural change.
4. Conduct capacity building workshops on design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation of interventions towards the elimination of FGM/C within communities.

Objective Two: Support networking and knowledge exchange between researchers, health professionals and community workers on the abandonment of FGM/C
Strategies:
1. Identify researchers, health providers, community workers and others with in-depth knowledge and experience of FGM/C related issues and invite them to take part in a FGM/C network of exchange and capacity building
2. Support networking activities between researchers and health professionals working on FGM/C related issues.

Objective Three: Identify knowledge gaps and support and stimulate research in the area of FGM/C
Knowledge gaps identified at a recent conference included:
• The socio-cultural dynamics of the continuation or abandonment of FGM/C
• The efficacy of interventions
• The health consequences of FGM/C
• Treatment procedures for complications of FGM/C
Strategies:
1. Build up a library and overview of literature on FGM/C, including grey literature, PhD studies and other unpublished studies
2. Provide technical support to researchers and activists, through the network of specialists
3. Organize training workshops for researchers and evaluators
4. Disseminate information on new studies and knowledge gaps
5. Arrange scientific conferences
6. Support researchers to increase and improve publication of research and interventions carried out

Objective Four: Improve health care for women and children who have undergone FGM/C
Strategies:
1. Organize training workshops for various categories of health care providers.
2. Establish a tertiary referral and training Centre for health care providers at Kenyatta Hospital, Nairobi, linked to the Centre. The Centre will provide health care for women with FGM/C in region and for Africa. This will include efforts to prevent the medicalisation of the practice.
3. Support programmes for training of health care providers in care and counselling.