Fabienne Richard is a French registered midwife who specialised in tropical medicine and public health (MSc, PhD). She has 10-year experience as clinical midwife and a field experience of 5 years in developing countries (Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Somalia, Sri Lanka) for Doctors without borders and the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp. She is a female genital mutilation (FGM) expert midwife and is involved in FGM research (FGM prevalence study in Belgium, Action-research on referrals for girls at risk) and writing clinical guidelines for the Ministry of Health in Belgium. She is a member of the Superior Health Council working group for reconstructive surgery post-FGM. She is currently the executive Director of GAMS Belgium (Groupe pour l’Abolition des Mutilations Sexuelles), midwife at the multidisciplinary health care unit for women with FGM (CeMAViE) at the Hospital St-Pierre in Brussels. She is guest researcher at the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp and lecturer in several midwifery schools. She is coordinating the European Daphne Project Men Speak Out, which aims to engage men in the prevention of FGM.
Fabienne Richard interview for EXPERTalia AJP available here.