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Friday 6th February is the International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C). Observance of this day is an opportunity for individuals and organisations around the world to raise awareness about the practice which is widely recognised as a harmful practice and violation of the human rights of girls and women.

The practice of FGM/C is common is one of the most extreme forms of gender-based violence and is common across many different cultures. It is estimated by WHO that 3 million girls a year in Africa alone are at risk of FGM/C and that 100-140 million women and girls have undergone the practice. The resulting sexual, reproductive and psychological health impacts can be felt across the full lifecycle of a woman and often result in women being locked into a cycle of stigma and disempowerment.

In 2015, the theme for the Day of Zero Tolerance is “Mobilization and Involvement of Health Personnel to Accelerate Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting”. In many countries health personnel are the driving force of the movement to end FGM/C however in certain contexts it is the health personnel themselves who are carrying out the practice. This medicalisation of FGM/C poses a significant barrier to efforts to eradicate it and more needs to be done to combat it.

MannionDaniels is committed to the eradication of FGM/C and is contributing to the global movement against FGM/C in a number of important ways:

  • The fund AmplifyChange is providing support to civil society organisations involved in FGM/C eradication activities in some of the highest prevalence countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
  • We are a partner on the Girl Generation, a social change communications initiative working to strengthen the Africa-led movement to end FGM in one generation.
  • Across all of our work MannionDaniels advocates for FGM/C prevention and treatment to be integrated into comprehensive reproductive healthcare services. For example, our ongoing work for UNFPA and UNHCR to produce a reproductive health toolkit for urban refugee contexts will ensure a focus on FGM/C issues as part of the comprehensive package of services which should be available to urban refugees.

To be part of the global movement to put an end to FGM/C please promote the issue through your networks by linking to MannionDaniels, AmplifyChange or the Girl Generation on Twitter or Facebook.

MannionDaniels collaborates on an annual basis with Countdown 2015 Europe, a consortium of European advocacy organisations, to support the collection and analysis of financial and policy data on European donor contributions to reproductive health and family planning.  The resulting information is used by consortium partners in advocacy activities to hold their respective donor countries to account on RH/FP commitments.

Rolla Khadduri and Clea Knight from MannionDaniels provide technical support to the consortium to analyse the policy and financial data collected by partners and present this data in meaningful and accessible ways that enable partners to make use of it in advocacy activities.

2014 marked the fourth year that MannionDaniels has been involved in this initiative. This ongoing collaboration means that we have built up five years’ worth of data, allowing insightful trends analyses for each of the European donor countries. Country Factsheets (accessed here) provide an overview of the key trends for each country and Country Profiles (accessed here) provide more in-depth policy updates.

A section of the United Kingdom 2014 country fact sheet from

A section of the United Kingdom 2014 country fact sheet from

Since 2011 MannionDaniels has been part of a consortium implementing an intervention study assessing mobile communication technology (mHealth) for maternal and newborn health in resource poor settings in Bombali District in Sierra Leone. The study specifically aimed to assess how mHealth impacted on utilisation of maternal and neonatal health (MNH) services as well as on health worker job satisfaction and referral systems.

Findings from the research, which is now complete, indicated that when facility phones and credit were made accessible, there was increased communication via mobile phones between health workers and clients. Clients’ use of MNH services increased, particularly in respect of antenatal care, family planning and delivery at health facilities.  A number of issues emerged which need to be considered by stakeholders looking to implement mHealth interventions such as capacity limitations of some community members to use the technologies, privacy for women using a family-owned telephone and a preference for receiving calls rather than text messages from health workers.

The consortium, led by the Royal Tropical Institute (KIT), also included the Medical Research Council, the University of Sierra Leone, Text to Change and the Government of Sierra Leone. This study was funded by the UK Department for International Development (DFID), as part of the New and Emerging Technologies Research Competition.

The Technical Brief is available to view here.

Following on from previous work with the Gavi Secretariat, MannionDaniels has recently completed a programme of work to facilitate the process of streamlining and updating the full portfolio of Gavi application materials which countries use to apply for funding from the Alliance. The funding streams that this work covered included both health system strengthening and new and underused vaccine support (representing a total of 8 different vaccines).

Clea Knight and Nathalie Vigot from MannionDaniels facilitated the process which focussed on ensuring recent policy and technical updates related to each vaccine were integrated into the guidelines, application forms and monitoring templates with an aim to streamline the process for applicant countries. Changes linked to Gavi’s monitoring and evaluation procedures, eligibility and co-financing requirements were also integrated into the revised documents. This included updating of 13 guideline documents, 7 FAQ documents and 8 application forms.

MannionDaniels was invited to lead a half-day session for masters’ students studying on the Global Health course at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. The title of the session was ‘Global Health in Conflict Zones: the example of Somalia’.

Clea Knight from the MannionDaniels technical team led the session which focussed on the importance of aid effectiveness, conflict sensitivity and an active civil society in fragile and conflict affected states. Clea drew on three case studies from recent work that she has been involved in with MannionDaniels in Somalia: supporting the Health Authorities to develop their first health sector strategic plans for Somalia; undertaking a Conflict and Needs Appraisal in Kismayo; and developing a country profile on female genital mutilation in Somalia.