Charity Overview

FGM Hope Clinic aims to be an organisation at the heart of the community providing support to victims of FGM and being a world leader in providing advocacy, education, training, research on all issues relating to FGM with the hope of eventually eradicating this harmful practice.

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The Hope Clinic Objectives

- To make referral for clinical care as quickly as possible.
- To be able to advise and sign post for personal and holistic health care.
- To encourage education for families and advice about the health risks and dangers of FGM.
- To be able to refer to specialist clinic for de-infibulation under different forms of anaesthesia.
- To be able to inform families about the UK laws and safeguarding issues around FGM.
- To be involved in staff and general public education.
- To be able to offer psycho-sexual support to FGM survivors and their partners.
- To be able to support survivors in their journey to reconstructive/restorative surgery.

What we do at the Hope Clinic

Offer holistic care.
Assess and classify the type of FGM.
Offer psychosexual support.
Offer support through the reconstructive/restorative surgery process.
Promote education and prevention.

The story behind the Hope Clinic

Aïssa Edon has been a midwife since 2009. She was born in Mali, but raised in France.
She has worked across Europe, in France, Belgium and Switzerland before she came to the UK in June 2011.
She became a FGM specialist midwife in 2013, she is the Founder and Chair of "The FGM Hope Clinic" charity (since 2015), and a Trustee member of the FGM National Clinical Group (since 2012).
Aïssa Edon became a Mary Seacole Leadership Award Scholar after completing a study on FGM management within the NHS in 2015-2016.
In 2015 Aïssa was nominated as one the BBC 100 inspiration Women Worldwide for her work and activism around FGM management.
Currently Aïssa is part Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders, as a Midwife (MSF), F2F Fundraiser, Association and Take Action Group member, Volunteers Link Team Representative and MSF Speaker.
Aïssa speaks publicly about her experiences and FGM activism :

What If You Knew...with Aissa Edon

An online series by The Vavengers discussing the health inequalities affecting non-white women in the UK. Aissa Edon is a midwife, activist, and survivor of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Watch this episode to hear her story.

Aissa Edon, Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Survivor

Several communities across the world cut Genitals of Young Girls in the name of custom, religion or in an effort to control their sexuality. This is FGM---Female Genital Mutilation. FGM was performed on Aissa Edon when she was 6 years old. She is now an anti-FGM campaigner. In an Interview with News Intervention Aissa Edon talks about this malpractice and why it should be immediately banned.

How FGM changed my life | Aissa Edon |

At just six years old, Aissa and her younger sister endured Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Mali. While she was able to receive reconstructive surgery, the psychological impact of FGM has been very strong. Through her work at an FGM-specific clinic in Ealing Hospital, she hopes to save the sisters of others by educating communities. This talk sheds light on how we can transition from a history of struggle to a future of progress.

Le Point with Aissa Edon

Le Point presented by Raïssa Okoï every Thursdays on Vox Africa.