HealthRestore: FGM Survivors Now Have A Place To Go To

Surprisingly, the patients were there, they just didn’t know there is such a thing in Egypt, as in a couple of hours she received several phone calls from patients and the media, only then, she decided to go on with the project.
Sarah BassemNovember 19, 20201729275 min

Fortunately, Dr. Reham Awad, along with Dr. Amr Seif El-din, have announced earlier this year the opening of the first center ever in Egypt and the Arab region for FGM consequences reparation for women. Given that FGM victims had no place to seek treatment from before that.

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It has all started when Dr. Reham was going through her thesis about “clitoris reconstruction after circumcision” and she found that research was actually difficult. She thought no one would care about that and that there were no patients for such a topic. She posted an announcement on Facebook asking for patients to contribute and put her mobile number. Surprisingly, the patients were there, they just didn’t know there is such a thing in Egypt, as in a couple of hours she received several phone calls from patients and the media, only then, she decided to go on with the project.

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Finally, she collaborated with Dr. Amr who had the same dream and interests as her and opened the center. “Restore” is a multidisciplinary center for the management of FGM complications. The center will provide the FGM victims treatments in all the aspects that might have been affected by the circumcision.

It provides consultations with psychologists and they have Dr. Yassmine there who is specialized in trauma therapy. They have sex therapists, surgeries, and non-surgical therapies as well. Most importantly they educate the patient as to fully understand their case and what exactly they are experiencing.

Dr. Reham has also spoken about the negative psychological consequences of such an operation like the lack of self-confidence and the hesitation on whether to get married or not as well as the functional aspect represented in the lack of joy during sex.

Their future plan is to make this place a non-for-profit-organization and get donations to treat the patients for free or even with little fees, but they are currently waiting for the paperwork as well as much funds and support. They also hope they can provide sexual health classes for their patients as well as building support groups to help them move forward.

The center is in El-Mohandessein and they are available from Sunday to Thursday. And you can know more about the operations through their website cosmgyn.com.

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Sarah Bassem

A journalism student who's passionate about arts, animals, Sufism, and food. She hopes to travel the world as a part of being an experience seeker. She is a perfectionist and definitely a feminist.

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