Introduction to SAFOG
South Asian Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (SAFOG) represents the obstetrical and gynaecological societies of South Asian countries. This region comprises one fifth of the world’s population. Due to common history and culture dating back to centuries, many of our beliefs and attitudes are similar, despite current varying religious and political orientations.
Besides the common issues, each one of these countries has diverse political and economic status and thus varying priorities related to health and women issues. This has resulted in a significant difference of reproductive and sexual health parameters.
Almost all of these countries inherited their health system from the British colonial era and are tied to that system. Many of the specialists are Fellows and Members of Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) with a significant number after specialising and training are settled in various part of UK.
The mission of SAFOG is to achieve collaboration amongst national societies of the member countries to improve and enhance knowledge in the field of obstetrics & gynaecology, train relevant health professionals, carry out research and seek collaboration of donors, governments and international professional bodies to advance women’s health and improve sexual and reproductive rights of the women in the region.
- According to the 2011 UK census 4.9% of the total population of UK is of Indian, Pakistani or Bangladeshi ethnicity. This excludes the other Asian groups and people of mixed ethnicity. The specialists in UK have to cater to women health issues related to ethnic backgrounds from South Asia. This highlights the importance of understanding and debating maternal health pertaining in to South Asia in the setting of RCOG.
- 5 CPD points for full attendance at this meeting.
- Regional medical experiences of women’s health issues will enrich the discussion and contribute to a wider understanding of the issues at hand and provide for solutions.
Who should attend?
- O&G trainees in the British Isles and South Asia
- O&G specialists practicing in South Asia
- O&G specialists practicing in the British Isles, with a special interest in South Asia
- SAS doctors, nurses, midwives and general practitioners with a special interest in South Asia
Chair Organizing Committee
- Professor Lesley Regan, RCOG President
- Professor Rubina Sohail, SAFOG President
- Miss Ranee Thakar FRCOG – RCOG Council, South Asia Representative