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Global health projects & partnerships

The RCOG’s Global Health Unit is committed to helping to reduce maternal and newborn mortality worldwide. This section of the site provides information about the College’s current projects and partnerships and how new proposals can be sent to us for consideration.

New project proposals

We welcome new project ideas from individuals and institutions around the world.

If you have an idea you would like to share with us, and believe we may be able to assist you, please complete the project development form (Word document, 882 kb) and email it to

We will assess your application and respond with feedback and advice.

Current projects

Excellence in: Obstetric Skills

This train-the-trainer style teaching programme provides the skills, knowledge and expertise to manage obstetric emergencies in low-resource contexts. It emphasises the importance of early warning systems and good communication to support the hands-on management of the most dangerous obstetric emergencies. The teaching style uses lectures complimented by hands-on training, role play scenarios, videos and discussion sessions. View the modules included in this course.

Excellence in: Obstetric Skills, Kitovu, Uganda

We are running Excellence in: Obstetric Skills modules through a THET-funded project at Kitovu Health Care Complex.

For this project, the training puts a special emphasis on the prevention of obstetric fistula. This is to compliment the work of Kitovu Hospital as one of the world’s leading fistula repair centres.

RCOG support for obstetric fistula prevention

Excellence in: Essential Gynaecology Skills

In addition to training in obstetric skills, the RCOG has developed a set of modules tailored to low-resource contexts to manage gynaecological disease. Often the forgotten side of women’s health care, gynaecological disease is responsible for a huge burden of morbidity and mortality globally. This course teaches skills in appropriate care as well as emphasising the need for advocacy around respectful, dignified care for many highly sensitive and un-talked about conditions.

Leading Safe Choices

We have secured funding to implement a three-year programme in collaboration with healthcare professionals in South Africa and Tanzania to promote best practices in postpartum contraception, comprehensive abortion care and post abortion care.  

STAE (Surgical Training in the Austere Environment)

The STAE course is a collaboration between the RCOG and the Royal College of Surgeons. It is designed for surgeons who are part of the UK Trauma Register and who are deployed to humanitarian disasters and war zones.

The interactive five-day course teaches essential surgical decision-making strategies and techniques for surgeons working in austere conditions. There are four days of surgical training and one day of emergency obstetrics. Delegates use mannequins and workshops to practise procedures commonly required in a humanitarian crisis, conflict zone or catastrophe aftermath. Expert faculty share hands-on experience gained through their work in austere environment.

The course has received excellent feedback from organisations such as Médecins Sans Frontières and British Red Cross.

Gulf development project

The Gulf is an RCOG priority for sustainable growth, and we wish to build strategic relationships with various stakeholders in the region.

Advanced Fellowship Programme

The RCOG is launching a pilot project to develop an international version of our highly respected Advanced Training Skills Modules (ATSMs). This postgraduate programme aims to support doctors around the world to develop high-level clinical skills in different O&G subspecialties. We will achieve this by working in collaboration with local societies and hospitals, as well as establishing a local faculty development programme to form sustainable long-term partnerships.

RCOG/AAGBI Global health map

The RCOG have colloborated with the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland (AAGBI) to produce a joint global health map. The map shows all of the global health projects which both the RCOG and AAGBI are currently working on. 

Current partnerships

The RCOG works closely with a range of organisations to help provide maternal healthcare worldwide.


We work closely with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), including the development of the Fistula Training Initiative. For more information about their work, please visit FIGO’s website.

Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM)

The LSTM/RCOG International Partnership aims to address the health needs of women and the unborn child during pregnancy and childbirth in the world’s poorest communities. 

VSO (Voluntary Service Overseas)

The RCOG/VSO Fellowship offers UK trainees 1-year placements working to improve obstetric care in developing countries.

Other non-RCOG global health projects

There are many other projects taking place around the world to improve women’s health care. 

Contact us

Each of the pages in this section provides specific contact details for our global health projects and partnerships.

If you have any general queries about our global health work, please email the Global Health Unit.

Elsewhere on the site

Global health community
Find out about the work of our Fellows, Members and Trainees across the world, and how you can get involved
Support our work
Find out how you can help support the RCOG’s work to tackle maternal mortality and morbidity worldwide