INTACT emerged as an outcome of a meeting organized in 2002 by the Population Council in Bellagio, Italy. The meeting aimed at reviewing the status of FGM/C research, identifying gaps and proposing program and research priorities. Participants in that meeting agreed to form the founding membership of a research network that would bring the evidence of good science to bear on important unanswered questions surrounding the practice and persistence of FGM/C. The group chose the name INTACT network, and formed smaller task forces to work on building the network’s membership and activities, securing funding, and moving toward publication of important studies related to the field.
INTACT founding members come from different backgrounds and have different areas of expertise: research, gender, health care, public health, sociology and anthropology. They also represent different countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Lebanon, Nigeria, Sudan, Sweden and USA.
INTACT founding members
|Amna Abdel Rahman||Nahla Abdel Tawab||Lars Almroth|
|Ian Askew||Stella Bablola||Jane Chege|
|Abdelhady Eltahir||Amel Fahmy||Barbara Ibrahim|
|Elizabeth Jackson||Carla Makhlouf - Obermeyer||Ezzeldin Osman Hassan|
|Jim Phillips||Evely Sakeah||Gilda Sedgh|
|Bettina Shell Duncan||Nahid Toubia||Kathryn Yount|