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Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Gulf

Current projects in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and the Gulf, as well as details of RCOG International Representative Committees and Liaison Groups in the region. You’ll also find information about volunteering opportunities, the work other people are doing overseas and how to get in touch with them.

International Representative Committees (IRCs)

  • Egypt
    Chair: Professor Yasser Abou Talib
  • Jordan
    Chair: Dr M Y S El-Zibdeh
  • Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
    Chair: Dr Amina Butt
  • Kuwait
    Chair: Dr Abeer Alzaydai  
  • Qatar
    Chair: Dr Osman Ortashi 
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)
    Chair: Dr Salima Wani

Liaison Groups (LGs)

  • Egypt
    Chair: Dr M S Abdel Fattah
  • Iraq
    Chair: Dr Mohammad Aziz
  • Syria
    Chair: Dr Saladin Sawan

Top women’s health concerns and challenges, identified by our committees:

  • Family Planning
  • Rising Caesarean Section (CS) rate
  • Complications in pregnancy due to obesity

Family planning was identified as a major health concern in the region, as women have cited inaccessibility and lack of knowledge of family planning methods. Furthermore, there is a need to raise male awareness of contraception to avoid unintended pregnancies.

The region bears some of the highest rates of C-sections globally, this is due to fear of arising complications during natural birth and the possible litigations it may lead to for doctors. Consequently, instrumental delivery training has been on a decline.

A prevalence of obesity among women of a reproductive age has led to health concerns over complications during pregnancy, such as hypertension, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia and etc. In addition, to adversely effective neonatal outcomes and risking childhood obesity and childhood metabolic syndrome.