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dc.contributor.authorYasmin, H. Derow
dc.contributor.authorGitonga, Eliphas
dc.contributor.authorOtieno, George
dc.contributor.authorYoos, Alison
dc.contributor.authorJisuvei, Clayton S.
dc.date.accessioned2021-10-13T06:23:04Z
dc.date.available2021-10-13T06:23:04Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifier.citationDerowa, Y., Gitonga, E., Otieno, G., Yoos, A., & Jisuvei, C. (2021). Impact of introduction of the anti-female genital mutilation law on the practice of female genital mutilation in Garissa County, Kenya. International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Health, 8(10), 4707-4713. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.18203/2394-6040.ijcmph20213765en_US
dc.identifier.issnpISSN 2394-6032
dc.identifier.issneISSN 2394-6040
dc.identifier.urihttps://www.ijcmph.com/index.php/ijcmph/article/view/8532/5330
dc.identifier.urihttp://ir-library.ku.ac.ke/handle/123456789/22757
dc.descriptionA research article published in International Journal Of Community Medicine And Public Healthen_US
dc.description.abstractBackground: Female genital mutilation (FGM), is a social traditional practice performed by cutting parts of the external female genitalia. Garissa county in north eastern Kenya has the highest prevalence of FGM in Kenya at 94%. This practise was illegalised in Kenya in 2011. The aim of the study was to assess the successes of anti-FGM programs in Garissa County. Methods: This was a cross sectional study involving 108 participants of both genders and different age groups. Questionnaires were used in data collection. Obtained data was analyzed using SPSS version 25. Chi square was used to compare characteristics between female participants who had undergone FGM and participants not circumcised. Results: Of the 108 participants, 53.7% were females. The median age of participants was 23 years [Interquartile range (IQR])15-40]. The prevalence of FGM was 62% with the mean age at circumcision being 8.34 years (SD=2.69 years). Being of Muslim faith was associated with practice of FGM (p<0.001). There was high level of awareness of the antiFGM law among youths at 84%. Two thirds of participants did not support FGM. Excision was the main type of FGM practiced. Among those circumcised, 14.7% were circumcised by trained nurses. Conclusions: Introduction of the anti-FGM law, and its advocacy by NGOs has led to a reduction in the practice of FGM in Garissa county. There is an increase in the medicalization of FGM in Garissa with evidence of the practice going underground. This study recommends NGOs to have a clearer focus on the method chosen for use in advocating for the abandonment of FGM.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe main author (YH) received a scholarship from the USA Center of Disease Control and Prevention for her studiesen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherMedip Academyen_US
dc.subjectFemale genital mutilation/cuten_US
dc.subjectKenyaen_US
dc.subjectAnti-FGMen_US
dc.subjectSomalien_US
dc.titleImpact of Introduction of the Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Law on the Practice of Female Genital Mutilation in Garissa County, Kenyaen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US


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