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Dr Mhairi Gibson receives Wellcome Trust Award

12 November 2015

Measuring 'harmful cultural' practices in Africa - Wellcome Trust Award

How and why do 'harmful cultural practices' such as child marriage, inter-partner violence, and female genital cutting persist despite long-standing eradication efforts? Dr Mhairi Gibson (Department of Archaeology and Anthropology) and her collaborators in Addis Ababa University and Brunel University are undertaking a Wellcome Trust funded study to explore these questions.

Using innovative social science methods the team will generate new methods and data on varying attitudes to female genital cutting in rural Africa where the practice has major health implications for women. This knowledge will improve understanding of which households and individuals are at risk. It will also identify potential conflicts of interest between individuals - information is fundamental to the design of effective behavioural change interventions.

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