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RHO archives : Topics : Harmful Traditional Health Practices

Harmful Health Practices

"It is estimated that more than 130 million girls and women have undergone genital mutilation. Two million more are at risk every year. This traditional practice is not only physically and psychologically damaging but also a violation of human rights."—Joint WHO/UNICEF/UNFPA statement, 1997.

Browse summaries of key information on healthful and harmful health practices, with an emphasis on female genital mutilation (also known as female genital cutting or female circumcision).

The focus is on information that developing country health personnel can use to address and prevent the effects of harmful behavior, and to encourage healthful practices.