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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...

Kenyan girls ‘to stay at school to avoid FGM over holidays’

It has been reported that hundreds of girls in Kenya will spend the holiday season in schools instead of going home to avoid being subjected to female genital mutilation (FGM) by their parents. BBC News has revealed that although many schools should have closed over a month ago, they have remained...

IUDs and implants ‘least likely to cause stroke in diabetic women’

New research has shown that strokes and heart attacks are rare for diabetic women who use hormonal contraception, with the safest options being intrauterine devices (IUDs) and implants. The study - by the University of California (UC), Davis, US - is one of the first to evaluate hormonal...

West African communities pledge to end FGM

More than 300 communities in Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Mali and Mauritania have said they are no longer blighted by female genital mutilation (FGM). Senegal-based campaign group Tostan said that the communities declared during public ceremonies that they would no longer practise FGM. ? Tostan...

FDA approves ovarian cancer drug

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat ovarian cancer. It is called Rubraca and has been approved for women with advanced ovarian cancer who have already had two or more rounds of chemotherapy and whose tumours have a specific mutation - deleterious BRCA - as...

New test could detect ovarian cancer patients’ response to treatment

Scientists might be able to quickly predict how ovarian cancer patients are likely to respond to chemotherapy treatment using a blood test, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study. In the study of 40 patients with high-grade serous ovarian cancer, the researchers monitored the DNA from...

MRI scan during pregnancy ‘can improve detection of abnormalities’

An additional MRI scan during pregnancy could help to more accurately detect foetal abnormalities for parents whose 20-week ultrasound scan showed a potential problem, according to new research by scientists at the University of Sheffield, UK. The study involved 570 women whose mid-pregnancy...

Latest FIGO Newsletter now online!

The December 2016 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online. Please click here.

Latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is now online . Click here to subscribe

Latest FIGO PPIUD Initiative Newsletter now online!

The latest FIGO Post-Partum IUD Initiative Newsletter is available here . The Newsletter is produced four times a year, to keep you informed about the activities and progress of the Initiative. Subscribe now to receive the Newsletter directly to your inbox.

IVF using three people’s DNA approved in UK

Fertility treatment creating babies with the DNA of three people has been approved in the UK. The advanced form of in vitro fertilisation (IVF) was developed to prevent babies being born with potentially deadly genetic diseases. These diseases are passed down from the mother, so scientists worked...