Female Genital Cutting - Prevalence Rates

Table 1 - FGC Prevalence Rates by Country

Country or RegionFGC Prevalence Rate
North Africa-
Egypt97
Sudan89
North Africa*96
Western Asia-
Yemen23
Western Africa-
Benin17
Burkina Faso72
Cote d'Ivoire45
Gambia80
Ghana30
Guinea99
Guinea-Bissau50
LIberia60
Mali92
Mauratania71
Niger5
Nigeria25
Sengal20
Sierra90
Togo50
West Africa*48
Eastern Africa-
Djibouti98
Eritrea89
Ethiopia80
Kenya34
Somalia98
Tanzania18
Uganda5
East Africa*81
Middle Africa-
Cameroon20
Central African Republic43
Chad60
Congo5
Congo, Dem. Rep. of5

* There was a small proportion of women and girls in the census sample (1 percent) who did not report a specific country of birth or ancestry, but who reported an African region instead. For these individuals, rates were estimated by applying weighted prevalences based on the country-specific data within each region. Women and girls who reported a place of birth or ancestry only as "Africa" were excluded from the analysis.

Country Prevalence Sources: Estimated prevalence rates have been developed from national surveys and small studies. Estimates from national Demographic and Health Surveys, ORC Macro (website: measuredhs.com) include: Benin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Cote d'Ivoire, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Guinea, Kenya, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Sudan, Tanzania, Yemen. Other country estimates are from the World Health Organization from different years (derived from UN surveys, small country studies, and anecdotal information).

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