Feb. 6, 2020 is the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)
Posted on February 4, 2021
Treating female genital mutilation costs USD 1.4 billion per year globally: WHO
Female genital mutilation (FGM) exacts a crippling economic as well as human cost, according to World Health Organization (WHO).“FGM is not only a catastrophic abuse of human rights that significantly harms the physical and mental health of millions of girls and women; it is also a drain on a country’s vital economic resources,” said Dr Ian Askew, Director of WHO’s Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Research.“More investment is urgently needed to stop FGM and end the suffering it inflicts.”New modelling reveals that the total costs of treating the health impacts of FGM would amount to USD 1.4 billion globally per year, if all resulting medical needs were addressed. For individual countries, these costs would near 10% of their entire yearly expenditure on health on average; in some countries, this figure rises to as much as 30%.The interactive modelling tool that generated these data was launched on the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation.