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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...

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...

Spreading the word about Essential Interventions

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FIGO reaffirms commitment: ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016) Please click here to view the statement. View more informatinon on the day here ...

Scientists create new drug design to improve breast cancer treatment

A new study by scientists from the Florida campus of The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), US, has offered a novel structure-based drug design strategy aimed at improving breast cancer treatment. Resistance to breast cancer therapies remains a significant problem, whilst side effects, including an...

UN calls for action to protect young African women from HIV

A new UNAIDS report has revealed that people are particularly vulnerable to HIV at certain points in their lives and has called for a “life-cycle approach” to find solutions for people of all ages. ? UNAIDS also announced that by June 2016, around 18.2 million people had access to HIV...

WHO: Zika no longer public health emergency

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the Zika virus no longer represents a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). It was explained that the WHO’s Emergency Committee originally recommended a PHEIC in February 2016 on the basis of an extraordinary cluster of...

UK launches personalised breast cancer programme

The Cancer Research UK (CRUK) Cambridge Institute has launched a personalised breast cancer programme to map patients' DNA and RNA to tailor treatment for individuals. According to CRUK, the project will analyse the genome and all expressed genes of tumour cells from 250 breast cancer patients...

FIGO reaffirms support for World Prematurity Day (17 November 2016)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on World Prematurity Day 2016 Please click here to view the statement

Kangaroo Mother Care Joint Statement

FIGO endorses Joint Statement - acceptance and promotion of kangaroo mother care (KMC) by professional associations is critical for its accelerated use to save newborn lives and improve outcomes globally.

What is the psychological impact of miscarriage?

As many as one in four pregnancies ends in miscarriage, yet it is still a topic that is often considered taboo. Indeed, it's so little talked about that its links to post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) have only recently been clearly exposed, while psychological support for women affected is...

Vitamin D linked to breast cancer outcome

Women with higher vitamin D levels in their blood following a breast cancer diagnosis had significantly better long-term outcomes, according to new research from Kaiser Permanente and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, US. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with the risk for several cancers. It...

Women warned over non-lump breast cancers

Women are being warned that a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer and that they should be aware of the other symptoms of the disease. Researchers from UK universities, including University College London (UCL), the University of Exeter and the University of Durham, found that although most...