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[Editorial] Eliminating FGM: what can health professionals do?

Female genital mutilation (FGM)—defined by WHO as “procedures that involve the partial or total removal of external genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons”—is internationally recognised as a violation of the human rights of girls and women. Worldwide, more than 200 million girls and women suffer the physical and psychological consequences of FGM. FGM is a harmful practice and can cause several immediate and long-term health consequences such as haemorrhage, post-traumatic stress disorder, painful urination, and complications in childbirth.

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