Who We Are

In 2016, the Dunya Women’s Health Collaborative was launched to improve the health and well-being of FGC affected and at-risk communities in San Diego County. Dunya’s community partners seek to: 

  • Conduct community outreach and education to improve awareness of FGC-related health care services. 
  • Develop cultural competency and clinical management training for healthcare providers.
  • Ensure access to affordable, high quality, culturally and linguistically competent health care services for FGC affected communities.
  • Facilitate survivor-led dialogue with culturally competent community leaders to break the silence and advocate for sustainable change.

In September 2019, the Collaborative concluded with the completion of an FGC Cultural Competency Provider Training Event and an FGC Continuing Medical Education Online Training Module.

Our Work

FGC Cultural Competency Provider Training Event:

  • A 6 hour hands on training event focused on providing culturally competent care for FGC-affected women and girls.
  • Topics covered:
    • Counseling strategies
    • Ethical scenarios and mandatory reporting
    • Clinical simulation and surgical techniques
    • Clinical documentation and ICD-10 and CPT coding.
  • To learn more, view our blog post.

FGC Continuing Medical Education Online Training Module:

  • A sustainable resource for providers to learn about FGC and serve as a guide for culturally competent clinician-patient interactions.
  • The seven module, 45-minute online course grants CME credit for healthcare providers and is available at no cost. It can be accessed here.
  • To learn more, view our blog post.

What is Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting?

According to the World Health Organization, FGM involves all procedures that comprise of partial or total removal of the external female genitalia, or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.

Quality of U.S. Health Care for FGM-Affected Population

Refugee women who have undergone FGM/C often suffer from short and long-term health-related complications. U.S. health providers are ill equipped to help them—lacking the experience, cultural competency, and adequate interpretation services. We have partnered with Family Health Centers of San Diego on a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services-funded program to bring much needed preventative care to educate refugee women and the medical community that serves them.


Curbside Consultation: Female Genital Cutting PDF

American Academy of Family Physician Policy on FGC DOCX

Building Capacity to Care for Refugees PDF

Primary Care for Refugees: Challenges and Opportunities PDF

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