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Comfort Momoh

Comfort Momoh is a FGM Consultant/Public Health Specialist and a staunch campaigner for the eradication of FGM.

Momoh was born in Lagos, Nigeria. In 1981 she moved to the UK to train as a nurse at North Middlesex Hospital. While at the hospital, she discovered the practise of FGM and the impact this had on women’s lives. She was later awarded a a BSc in women’s healthcare from the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London.

In 1997, Momoh established the African Well Woman’s Clinic at Guy’s and St Thomas Foundation Trust in London, this is a support service for women and girls who have undergone FGM. The clinic provides counselling, advice, support, information and surgical reversal of FGM. Momoh became the first to be awarded nurse/midwife of the year by the Trust in 2003 in recognition of her work. As of 2013 the clinic was seeing around 300 women a year and performing two defibulation operations a week, which involves opening a vagina sewn shut as a result of FGM Type III

Momoh has been awarded two scholarships from the Florence Nightingale Foundation which enabled her to conduct research into FGM in Africa and to study the approaches used to treat FGM in the United States. In 2007, the British FGM national clinical group was established to train health professionals in how to deal with female genital mutilation (FGM) and Momoh became a member. She has also served as a temporary consultant with The World Health Organisation, and is Chairperson for the Black Women’s Health and Family supports (A non-governmental organisation working and supporting the community), and vice-president for EURONET (European Network on FGM). In addition to this, she is the editor of Female Genital Mutilation (2005).

Momoh has received a number of awards for her work including being appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to women’s healthcare. She was also included in the 2014 Nigerian Centenary Awards’ 100 Outstanding Nigerians that are currently living or who have lived in the United Kingdom over the past 100 years for her contribution to public service.

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