FGM: Cultural practice, Clinical dilemmas , May 21st, 2014

Dr Sridhar Venkatapuram from the Department of Social Science, Health & Medicine is speaking on female genital mutilation (FGM) at an Alumni organised event on Wednesday 21 May.

Please see below for more information and RSVP details..

When: Wednesday 21 May, 2014,  18:45

Where: Lecture theatre 1, New Hunt’s House, Guy’s Campus

The World Health Organisation (2013) estimates that 120–140 million women and girls worldwide have experienced female genital mutilation (FGM). A recent study in the UK estimates that up to 170,000 of these women are in Britain and that as many as a further 65,000 girls aged 13 and under could be at risk. These figures are nearly three times higher than previously thought; FGM is no longer just the concern of other countries but instead a major issue right on our doorstep. In fact, just last month the BBC reported that nearly 4,000 women and girls have been treated for FGM in London since 2009, with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust treating the highest number of cases. As well as the many cultural sensitivities and legal issues that FGM poses, it also presents a number of clinical dilemmas.

Speakers

Professor Sir Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal (Health) and Executive Director of King’s Health Partners, will be joined by a panel of experts including alumna Dr Comfort Momoh, the only FGM Specialist Midwife in the UK; Professor Janice RymerProfessor of Gynaecology at the School of MedicineDr Niall McCraeLecturer in Mental Health at the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, and Dr Sridhar VenkatapuramLecturer in Global Health & Philosophy at the School of Social Science & Public Policy.

This event is free but you will have to register to attend: RSVP: Email alumoff@kcl.ac.uk or call 020 7848 3053

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