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Free FGM Treatment Service

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What is FGM?

The World Health Organisation defines female genital mutilation (FGM) as any procedure that involves the partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs, for non-medical reasons. FGM has serious consequences for women and girls. Read more about FGM here.

FGM leaflets coversIFPA FGM Treatment Service

The IFPA provides free specialised medical care and counselling to women and girls in Ireland who have experienced FGM.

The service is based in our Dublin city centre clinic.

Read how to access the service here.

What is involved?

Medical care

Clients will receive the following medical care delivered by a trained team of doctors and nurses:

  • Identification of the type of FGM
  • Pain management
  • Infection management
  • Ante-natal advice
  • Fertility advice
  • Assessment to determine whether surgical intervention is required
  • Appropriate referral where surgical intervention is required
  • Information for anyone with concerns around FGM

Psychological care

Clients can avail of confidential counselling delivered by accredited and experienced counsellors.

Sexual and reproductive healthcare

Clients can also avail of wider sexual and reproductive health services, including:

Translation

Translation services can be arranged where requested.

Cost

The FGM Treatment Service is free and can be used as many times as needed.

Location

The service is based in the IFPA's Dublin city centre clinic at 5/7 Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1 - just off O’Connell Street. Map and directions.

How to access the service

There are three ways in which the FGM Treatment Service can be accessed:

1. Weekly Drop-In Clinic

A drop-in clinic is held once a week. No appointment is needed for this clinic.

Opening Times of Drop-In Clinic: October 2016

Tuesday 4th October 12pm - 4pm
Friday 14th October 9am - 1pm
Thursday 20th October 10am - 2pm
Thursday 27th October 10am - 2pm

Opening Times of Drop-In Clinic: November 2016

Wednesday 2nd November No clinic
Wednesday 9th November 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 16th November 12pm - 4pm
Wednesday 23rd November 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 30th November 12pm - 4pm

Opening Times of Drop-In Clinic: December 2016

Wednesday 7th December 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 14th December 12pm - 4pm
Wednesday 21st December 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 28th December No clinic
 
2. Appointment

An appointment outside of the drop-in clinic times can be made by texting or phoning the FGM Treatment Service confidential line: 085 877 1342.

3. Referral

Referrals to the service can be made from a doctor, nurse, hospital or any other healthcare provider.

Contact

IFPA Dublin City Centre Clinic

5/7 Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1

Tel: 01 872 7088 | FGM Treatment Service confidential line: 085 877 1342 (phone or text)

More information

Information and training

Outreach

In order to increase awareness about the FGM Treatment Service, the IFPA engages in outreach work with women from affected communities, medical professionals and service providers such as community and social workers and counsellors. During these outreach sessions, the IFPA provides information on FGM and its harms and the services available at the IFPA's free FGM Treatment Service. If you are interested in arranging an outreach session for women who have experienced FGM or for service providers who work with women affected by FGM, please contact Alison Spillane, IFPA Project Officer, at alison@ifpa.ie or 01 6074456.

 

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