Maternal and child health and family planning: traditional practices harmful to the health of women and children.

World Health Assembly (47th: 1994: Geneva)
[Geneva, Switzerland], World Health Organization [WHO], 1994 May 10. 2 p. (Resolution of the World Health Assembly; WHA47.10)

This paper presents the agenda for the 47th World Health Assembly, “Maternal and Child Health and Family Planning: traditional practices harmful to the health of women and children.” The meeting agenda recognizes that although some traditional practices may be beneficial and harmless, others, particularly those relating to female genital mutilation (FGM) and early sexual relations and reproduction, cause serious problems in pregnancy and childbirth and have a profound effect on the health and development of children. In the agenda, all Member States are urged to: 1) assess the extent to which harmful traditional practices affecting the health of women and children constitute a social and public health problem in any local community or sub-group; 2) establish national policies and programs that will effectively, and with legal instruments, abolish FGM, childbearing before biological and social maturity, and other harmful practices affecting the health of women and children; and 3) collaborate with national nongovernmental groups active in this field, draw upon their experience and expertise and, encourage their establishment where such groups do not exist.

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