• "Slowly, slowly, you will catch the monkey in the jungle."

    Wollof proverb

Wassu-UAB Foundation was born from a pioneer line of research initiated in 1987, at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), by Prof. Adriana Kaplan. It started with an anthropological analysis of the processes of acculturation and social integration, from a gender perspective, on the framework of the migratory movements from Sub-Saharan Africa towards Spain. Progressively, focus was given to sexual and reproductive health and rights, particularly in child and maternal health, and research ended up centring on FGM/C, both in the countries of origin and destination of migrants, gaining a longitudinal (throughout time) and circular perspectives (on the transnational space of migratory movements).

Throughout the years, research expanded to address different socio-cultural and medical aspects of FGM/C and has been shared in several scientific publications. Studies are conducted with the combination of both qualitative and quantitative methods and techniques in order to obtain an in-depth knowledge about this traditional practice, which is used to develop improved, contextualized, sustainable and efficient ways for prevention and management of its consequences.

Core research activities

  • Qualitative research
    • We have been conducting ethnographic research in Spain since 1987 and in West Africa since 1989.
      We conduct focus groups discussions, barrier analysis and in-depth interviews at community level.
  • KAP Questionnaires
    • We conduct questionnaires to assess the Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) of health, social work and education professionals, students, men and families on FGM/C related issues.
  • Clinical surveys
    • We conduct clinical surveys to assess FGM/C prevalence and health consequences in The Gambia (Clinical I: 2008-2009, Clinical II: 2010-2011).
  • Clinical records
    • We assess health professionals to keep clinical records in Spanish territories where prevalence is higher. In The Gambia we are developing a pilot epidemiological surveillance.
  • Maps
    • We develop maps and prevalence studies based on demographic data.