Improving Estimates of the Prevalence of Female Genital Cutting among Migrants in Western Countries

Livia Elisa Ortensi, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca
Patrizia Farina, Università degli Studi di Milano - Bicocca

While the prevalence of FGC is routinely measured in practicing countries, the prevalence of the phenomenon in Western Countries is substantially unknown, as no standardized methods exist yet for immigration countries. Usually estimates are produced by applying the prevalence found in the country of origin. The aim of this paper is to present an improved method of indirect estimation of the prevalence of FGC among first generation migrants based on a migrant selection hypothesis. A criterion to assess reliability of indirect estimates is also provided. Given its wide applicability, this method would be a useful instrument to estimate FGC occurrence among first generation immigrants and to better plan health care assistance to women who have experienced FGC.

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Presented in Session 59: Female Genital Mutilation