Professor Jaldesa Guyo
Prof. Jaldesa is a practicing obstetrician/gynecologist and a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi, College of Health Sciences based at Kenyatta National Hospital in Nairobi. He holds Master of Medicine in obstetrics and Gynaecology from University of Nairobi and Master of Science in reproductive health from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has been studying FGM/C since 1995, focusing on its development and complications during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period among the Somali populations in Kenya. Dr. Jaldesa also studied and published on Psycho sexual health consequences of FGM among the infibulated women in Kenya. He also served as principal investigator on the WHO FGM/C and obstetric sequelae study, published in The Lancet in 2006.
Prof. Jaldesa is the regional coordinator for East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) FIGO initiative for the prevention of unsafe abortion. He is widely recognized in Kenya and the region for his research as well as his trainings on FGM/C prevention. He led training of hundreds of health workers in Kenya, turning them into agents of change for the abandonment of FGM/C. He is an active and highly respected figure in the international community presenting at national and international forums including: the Global Strategy to Stop Health Care Providers from Performing Female Genital Mutilation (2009) and the Global Consultation of FGM/C in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (2007), international conferences on research in health care and preventive measures for FGM/C, strengthening of leadership and research in Africa (2011), the Scandinavian countries Association against Female Circumcision(FOKO) in Oslo meeting in 2012, the FIGO World Congress in Rome (2012), and the Africa Sexuality Health Conference in Yaoundé, Cameroon to commemorate Zero Tolerance Day in February 2014.
His research has led to significant changes in policy as evidenced by the passage of the FGM/C Prohibition Act in Parliament in Kenya. The Global Consultation Meeting proceedings informed the UN Joint Program on Monitoring and Evaluation. He was a key resource in the development of the WHO Measuring sexual health: Conceptual and practical considerations and related indicators for FGM.
For the past five years, he has taught university undergraduate and post graduate courses on FGM/C and sexual and gender based violence at the University of Nairobi and co-taught a summer course on FGM/C to foreign students coming to Nairobi. As an advocate against FGM/C in Kenya, he has appeared in several print and electronic media. With the support from the partners, including UNFPA, WHO, University of Sydney, and the Population Council, he established the African Coordinating Centre for Abandonment of Female Genital Mutilation /Cutting (ACCAF) at the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Currently we are involved in training of community leaders in a community with Re-emergence of the practice following 2008 post election violence in Kenya.