Female Genital Cutting in Africa: Public Health Implications

Female Genital Cutting in Africa: Public Health Implications

Dr. Nawal Nour, Harvard University

Wednesday, May 23, 2012
1:00 PM
School of Public Health (SPH), 17-256 CHS
Los Angeles , CA 90095

Dr. Nawal Nour actively researches the health and policy issues regarding female genital cutting (FGC).  Committed to the eradication of FGC, she travels throughout the country conducting workshops to educate African refugees and immigrants on the medical complications and legal issues of this practice.  She served on a FGC task force for the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology and is the primary author of Female Genital Cutting, Clinical Management of Circumcised Women, published by ACOG.  This slide-lecture kit aims to educate obstetricians-gynecologists on the medical management of circumcised women in the United States and Canada.

Dr. Nour is a board certified Obstetrician/Gynecologist and is the Director of the Ambulatory Obstetrics Practice and the Global Obstetric/Gynecology Health Division at the Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, MA.  She is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.  She also established the African Women's Health Center which provides appropriate health and outreach programs to the African community in Boston. Dr. Nour was honored as a 2003 MacArthur Foundation Fellow for creating the country’s only center of its kind that focuses on both physical and emotional needs of women who have had or undergone FGC. 

Born in the Sudan and raised in Egypt and England, Dr. Nour came to the United States to attend Brown University.  She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1994 and completed a chief residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA in 1998.  She obtained her MPH at Harvard School of Public Health in 1999. 


Women’s Health and Empowerment in Africa

Monday African Seminar Series (MAAS)

Faculty Coordinators: Paula Tavrow

MASS Spring 2012

Over the past decade, there has been growing recognition that progress in improving African women’s health will be stymied if the structural context of women’s lives, their decision-making autonomy and their status in society are not addressed.  For this series, three noted African women physicians will reflect on the challenges of addressing a key facet of African women’s reproductive health, and will discuss best strategies for the future.  

Monday, April 23, 1 pm, Gonda Conference Room, 1st floor

“Increasing Access to Family Planning in Rural Ethiopia”
Dr. Ndola Prata, UC Berkeley

 Wednesday, May 16, 1 pm, School of Public Health (17-256, CHS)

"Reducing Maternal Mortality in Africa: What We Know"
Dr. Grace Kodindo, Columbia University
Plus screening of BBC documentary: “Dead Mums Don’t Cry”

Wednesday, May 23, 1 pm, School of Public Health (17-256, CHS)

"Female Genital Cutting in Africa: Public Health Implications"
Dr. Nawal Nour, Harvard University


These presentations are part of the UCLA African Studies Center Monday Africa Seminar Series (MASS), funded by a grant from the UCLA International Institute and co-sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute.


UCLA African Studies Center310-825-3686


Sponsor(s): African Studies Center, UC Global Health Institute