Applying prevalence models to ward-based populations to inform targeted intervention: female genital mutilation (FGM) in Southwark, Southeast London
PHE ePoster Library. Kwaa S. 09/10/18; 221365; 182
Mrs. Sabrina Kwaa
Mrs. Sabrina Kwaa
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Abstract Introduction Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is the injury or modification of female genital organs. This practice is illegal in the UK and approximately 127,000 women are living with FGM in the UK. Estimated prevalence rates in Southwark are over seven times higher than England rates yet many are not identified. Whilst prevalence estimates of FGM exist at a borough level, our work sought to estimate prevalence rates at ward level in order to more effectively target intervention. Method Data characterising estimated prevalence by country of origin for women were obtained from a study published in 2015 by City University. These data were subsequently linked to country of origin of residents from the 2011 Census. We used these data to develop local estimates of the number of women in each electoral ward affected by FGM. Results We estimate that 6,300 women in Southwark (4.4% of population) are living with FGM. Prevalence by ward ranged from 608 women (8.3%) in Peckham to 50 women (0.8%) in Village. Areas with a large African community, found mostly in central Southwark, were estimated to have the highest prevalence of FGM. The estimated prevalence of distribution was also found to align closely with levels of deprivation across the borough. ConclusionBy calculating prevalence rates at a sub-borough level, we have been able to develop an understanding of variation between different communities and localities in Southwark. Working with safeguarding colleagues, this work is facilitating targeted interventions for those living with FGM and those at risk. Funding: None.
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