This section of the site brings together information about all of the RCOG’s global health activities.
Global health news
This section provides news and updates about the Global Health Unit’s activities, including International News, our biannual magazine about the College’s global health initiatives.
Global health strategy
In October 2013, the College launched its global health strategy 2013–17, outlining how we will use our position as a world leader in women’s health care to effect change in the global arena. Find out more about the College’s global health strategy.
Global health policy and advocacy
The Global Health Unit advocates to improve women’s health care worldwide, develops the College’s global health policy and makes submissions to relevant governmental and non-governmental organisations. Find out more about the College’s global health policy and advocacy work.
Global health projects and partnerships
The Global Health Unit works in partnership with governments, ministries of health and other international organisations to develop the capacity and skills of medical personnel around the world in countries that lack training obstetricians, with the goal of improving maternal and neonatal health. Find out more about the College’s global health projects (past and present) and partnerships, which include:
- Gulf development project: building strategic relationships in the Gulf region
- Fistula training initiative: providing training to help prevent and treat obstetric fistula in under-resourced countries
- Life Saving Skills course: providing training in essential obstetric and newborn care in under-resourced countries
- RCOG Eurovision: developing best practice models in women’s health care in Eastern Europe and ex-Soviet bloc countries
- LSTM/RCOG International Partnership: working with the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to address the health needs of women and the unborn child during pregnancy and childbirth in the world’s poorest communities
- RCOG/VSO Fellowship: working with Voluntary Service Overseas to offer UK trainees 1-year placements working to improve obstetric care in developing countries
Global health community
The RCOG and our Fellows and Members work all over the world. Visit the global health community section for information about our activities, International Representative Committees and Liaison Groups, as well as opportunities to get involved with our work, in each region of the world:
- Australia, the Americas and Pacific Rim
- Europe and Central Asia
- North Africa and the Middle East
- South Asia
- Sub-Saharan Africa
Volunteering and working overseas
The RCOG is a firm supporter of volunteering. Not only does it provide a hugely positive impact in terms of training and capacity-building at a local level, it also has huge benefits for those who choose to volunteer.
Working in Britain for non-UK doctors
This section of the site provides general information about working in Britain for non-UK doctors, as well as specific information for:
Global health committees at the RCOG
We rely on the work of our global health committees to help us achieve our goals. You can find more information about the remit of each group in the committees section of the site by clicking on the links below:
- The Global Health Board is the most senior global health committee in the College with responsibility for high-level coordination of our international activities
- The Global Health Policy Advisory Board provides advice and recommendations to the Global Health Board on all aspects of the College’s global health activities
- The Global Collaboration Committee promotes collaborative working between the RCOG and other global institutes and professional organisations to benefit women’s health care worldwide
- The Global Grants and Projects Committee works to secure income from major grant-awarding bodies according to the priorities set by the Global Health Board
- The Global Placement Committee leads and develops the RCOG’s global fellowship scheme and placements in partnership with local employers according to the geographical priorities set by the Global Health Board
Join our LinkedIn groups
If you’re a Fellow, Member or registered Trainee of the RCOG and are working or volunteering outside the UK, we encourage you to join the College’s LinkedIn group for your region. This will help you to connect with other people in your region, to team up, share ideas, knowledge, travel advice and equipment sources, and offer guidance and support on how to provide the best possible medical assistance.
- Join the Australasia/Americas/Pacific Rim LinkedIn sub-group
- Join the Europe and Central Asia LinkedIn sub-group
- Join the North Africa and Middle East LinkedIn group
- Join the South Asia LinkedIn sub-group
- Join the Sub-Saharan Africa LinkedIn sub-group
Please note that you need to be a Fellow, Member or registered Trainee of the RCOG to join our LinkedIn groups.
If you can’t find what you’re looking for on the website, or want more information, please email the Global Health Unit.