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FIGO supports International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports its valuable objectives. Please click...

FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights launches women's health campaign!

NEW! March 2017 A world-wide international campaign for women’s health has been conceived by the FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights. It aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding important areas of gynecology and obstetrics. Please click here. You are...

Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations (including FIGO), at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing...

Possible cases of FGM reported in UK every day

Possible cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being reported every day in the UK, according to new figures by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC). The organisation said that between June 2013 and January 2017, its helpline received 1,564 calls from people...

Baby gender could affect pregnancy symptoms

The gender of their baby could have an impact on the symptoms women go through during pregnancy, a new study has suggested. Research from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre looked at the immune responses of pregnant women, looking to see if different levels of immune markers (cytokines...

Breast cancer survivors take part in NY Fashion Week

Breast cancer survivors have taken part in New York Fashion Week to raise money for charity. Titled AnaOno Intimates, the show was created by US designer and breast cancer survivor Dana Donofree, produced by Erik Rosette and introduced by Oscar-winning actress Mira Sorvino. Models proudly showed...

9 nations commit to halving maternal and newborn deaths

Some nine countries have committed to halving maternal and newborn deaths in health facilities in the next five years. Bangladesh, India, Tanzania, Ivory Coast, Ethiopia, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria and Uganda have signed up to join the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and...

FGM jeopardises productive health, minister says

Female genital mutilation (FGM) can endanger productive health and fertility and should not be practiced, a Nigerian minister has urged. Dr Okechukwu Ossai, director of public health at the Ministry of Health in Enugu, described it as a violent practice that deprives females of being able to reach...

NICE recommends Intrabeam radiotherapy for breast cancer patients

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidance recommending the “controlled use of targeted breast cancer radiotherapy treatment alongside further research”. NICE said that it has recommended the Intrabeam Radiotherapy System for people...

Women working irregular shifts may be at risk of low fertility

Women who work at night or follow irregular shift patterns could be in danger of suffering from low fertility, a new study has indicated. Research from Harvard University found that shift and night workers had fewer eggs capable of developing into healthy embryos compared to staff who operated in...

Antibiotics linked to lung damage in newborns

Researchers have found that the ‘excessive use’ of antibiotics in newborns can permanently damage their lung defences. According to a study led by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, US, it has long been accepted that antibiotics used to protect...

FIGO reaffirms support for 2017’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2017)

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) - held each 6 February - encourages global awareness of FGM/C and promotes its eradication. Please click here to view the statement. View FIGO’s film on FGM...

Pharma firm commits to improve maternal health in low-income countries

US pharmaceutical company MSD (also known as Merck & Co and Merck Sharp & Dohme) has announced it will be committing $10 million (£8 million) to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of the Every Woman Every Child strategy to improve maternal and child health in low and lower...