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India Liaison Group

This page provides information about the aims and activities of the RCOG India Liaison Group.

The RCOG India Liaison Group comprises RCOG Fellows and Members who are of Indian origin and who are based in the UK. We work to achieve our aims with RCOG support and support from senior RCOG Fellows and Members based in India. We have no financial link to the RCOG and carry out all our activities on a charitable basis.

Our primary aim is to improve women’s and children’s health in India. We act as a facilitator and liaison vehicle between the RCOG and the All India Coordinating Committees to improve woman’s health in India.

Membership of the RCOG India Liaison Group

The core members of the RCOG India Liaison Group are (click on each to send an email):

Join the RCOG India Liaison Group

If you’d like to join the RCOG India Liaison Group, please complete the volunteer questionnaire.

Please note the following information about registration with the India Medical Council:

  • To join the RCOG India Liaison Group and be involved in clinical and educational projects, you need to have up-to-date medical council registration
  • Please check your registration status with your local council and confirm your valid registration to the RCOG India Liaison Group, including your registration number and how long your registration is valid for

RCOG India Liaison Group projects

The RCOG India Liaison Group is currently assisting the RCOG with the following projects:

If you are in India and are interested in helping to run the revision course, please email Dr Das, Head of the East Zone.

Jan Chetna Manch, Women’s Health Centre, Bokaro

Through the hard work of villagers, the Jan Chetna Manch has started a Women’s Health Centre in Bokaro, a deprived rural area in Jharkhand. They now have a fully running hospital where care can be provided 24/7. What they lack, however, is trained doctors willing to live in this rural area of India to provide this necessary care.

The All India Coordinating Committee of the RCOG has been trying to send members locally, voluntarily, to perform charity work for the past few years. It is difficult to provide medical care for all months in the year. The purpose of the RCOG India Liaison Group involvement is to develop the capacity of existing health systems and to provide a standard of care that will improve women’s health, while offering much needed clinical cover. The idea is to not only give medical cover but, while there, to be involved in the long-term aims of anaemia eradication, educating women about safe reproductive health, training local health attendants and so on.

The project aims to address Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5: by training health workers, we can reduce the rate of maternal mortality.

The goals of the project are:

  • In the short term, to help provide medical cover that the local charity cannot provide
  • In the long term, to continue providing medical staff
  • To train local birth attendants in life saving skills
  • To conduct health needs assessment for the local population

Doctors undertaking this humanitarian work will gain relevant management, learning and motivational skills at grass roots level and also learn how to manage with limited resources.

Find out more about the Bokara project (PDF, 426 KB). 

If you'd like to get involved, please email Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar-Dalvi. The project is open to everyone, not just members of the RCOG India Liaison Group.

Simla Project

The RCOG India Liaison Group is supporting the AICC-NZ project in Simla, Himachal Pradesh, India. Some parts of Himachal Pradesh are inaccessible due to snow and also lack water and electricity supply. The Simla Sanatorium and Hospital, a charity trust, runs medical camps in this region, supported by the local state government as and when possible. Despite the government back-up, the Simla Sanatorium and Hospital often lacks medical manpower to run these camps.

Find out more about the Simla project (PDF, 1.4 MB).

If you'd like to get involved, please email Dr Rajalaxmi Walavalkar-Dalvi. The project is open to everyone, not just members of the RCOG India Liaison Group.

Open Day, Saturday 23 July 2011

On Saturday 23 July 2011, the RCOG India Liaison Group came together for the first time and welcomed a small but very enthusiastic audience. The agenda focused on how the group should work, where it fits in with the work the RCOG is already doing in India and, most importantly, how to get involved with upcoming projects.

The day also included inspiring talks from College Officers on the RCOG’s international strategy and its relation to India, the objectives of the India Steering Group and the planned educational projects for India.

Dr Himansu Basu gave an insight into the maternal mortality reduction strategies developed by Rotary International for which he is Grants Committee Chairman.
 The Open Day was rounded off with the nomination of zonal heads whose tasks it will be to collate any forthcoming ideas to the Chair and Secretary and an open discussion forum.

Find out more about the RCOG India Liaison Group Open Day (PDF, 332 KB).

Elsewhere on the site

RCOG Liaison Groups
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RCOG activity in South Asia
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