Research at Wassu Foundation

Over the years, research has extended into different socio-cultural, legal and medical aspects of FGM, as reflected in various scientific publications and reports. We also try to address other issues that affect the population we are working with.

We combine qualitative and quantitative methods, to learn more about this traditional practice and develop prevention, care and support strategies that are contextualised, sustainable and efficient.

Main research activities:

  • Qualitative research: we have been conducting ethnographic research projects in Spain since 1997, and in Africa since 1989.
  • KAP surveys: we design questionnaires to evaluate Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices (KAP) regarding FGM, focusing on professionals, students and communities.
  • Clinical studies: we explore the prevalence and health impacts of FGM in Gambia (Clinical I: 2008-2009, Clinical II: 2010-2011).
  • Geodemographic studies: every four years we publish an updated version of the Map of FGM in Spain, in which we describe and analyse developments in the population from FGM practising countries resident in Spain.
  • Monitoring cases: we give guidance to professionals and entities on real intervention processes in cases of FGM or risk.