WHO Headquarters Leadership Team

Deputy Directors-General Dr Soumya Swaminathan, Deputy Director-General for Programmes Dr. Soumya Swaminathan has been appointed Deputy Director-General for Programmes (DDP). A pediatrician from the India and a globally recognized researcher on tuberculosis and HIV, she brings with her 30 years of experience in clinical care and research and has worked…

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Communication is key to understanding female circumcision

The Somali women that Djesa describes in her PhD thesis on female genital mutilation often feel patronised by Norwegian health personnel. Credit: iStockphoto Lack of communication hampers the prevention of female genital mutilation, according to anthropologist Rachel Issa Djesa. She has observed encounters between Norwegian authorities, health personnel and Somali…

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Female genital mutilation is not a sex act, attorney says

DETROIT, MI — Federal prosecutors charged two Detroit-area doctors, who are also accused of female genital mutilation, with an additional crime usually reserved for pimps who prostitute young girls. Dr. Jumana Nagarwala, 44, of Northville, a former physician at Henry Ford Hospital, is accused of performing religious-based female circumcisions on…

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