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Amref Health Africa

Amref Health Africa trains local health workers and provides health services to meet the continent's dynamic and critical health needs.

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11095

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13-1867411

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Sam Vox / Amref Health Africa

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Sam Vox / Amref Health Africa

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Jeroen Van Loon / Amref Health Africa

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Saloni, a girl we are supporting through our scholarship
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Jeoren Van Loon / Amref Health Africa

In Samburu County Kenya, 90% of women have undergone female genital mutilation (FGM) and 38% were married before they were 18 years old. This is because the Samburu tribe – nomadic pastoralists whose way of life revolves around their cattle – traditionally practice both FGM and child marriage.

The two practices are linked. When a girl (typically between 8-15 years old) undergoes FGM, she is considered ready to be married off, often to a much older man. Girls are also expected to drop out of school once they are married, which is reflected in the low enrollment rates for girls in secondary school in Samburu County.

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1199 N. Fairfax St.
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
800-836-4620
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