Wassu Foundation has trained 108 health and social services professionals thanks to the support of the MEYSS

Closes the first cycle of training and activities of the project "Empowering with knowledge: Prevention and Care of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Spain", which has the support of the Ministry of Employment and Social Security of Spain (MEYSS) and the co-financing of the Fund of Asylum, Migration and Integration (FAMI) of the European Union.

A total of 108 professionals (96 women and 12 men) of primary health care and social services have been trained in the prevention of FGM and attention to its consequences, by Dr. Adriana Kaplan, Director of the Wassu Foundation. The first training workshop was held in the capital of the Basque Country, Vitoria-Gasteiz, where a total of 30 professionals from social work, psychology and cooperation attended.

The training route continued in Andalusia, specifically in the Delegations of Equality, Health and Social Policies of the Junta de Andalucía in Jerez de la Frontera and Huelva. The session in Jerez de la Frontera included the participation of midwives, doctors, nurses, Public Health and Health Education technicians and a gynecologist, 25 professionals in total, of whom 23 committed themselves to prevention of FGM in their professional practice. In Huelva, 21 professionals were trained, a group composed of doctors, nurses, midwives and social workers, of which 20 committed themselves to prevention.

In collaboration with the Center for Assistance to Sexual and Reproductive Health of Sabadell, the first of three workshops planned in Catalonia was organized, attended by 28 women and 4 men, including carriers, midwives, gynecologists and a doctor. Of the participants, 25 participated in an evaluation survey in which all of them expressed their commitment to do prevention.

For the second semester of 2018 the training activities will continue, extending also to university degree students in the areas of health sciences and social services, activity that was already started in the province of Barcelona, with students of Social Work.