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Global health strategy

On 24 October 2013, the RCOG launched its Global Health Strategy 2013–2017 at the House of Lords in London. This page highlights the global health work the College has implemented since the launch of the strategy.

Download the strategy
RCOG Global Health Strategy 2013–17 [PDF]

Our Global Health Strategy sets out how we plan to invest in our global health work to have a profound and lasting positive impact on women’s health worldwide

Our global health vision

The RCOG is a world leader in women’s reproductive health, setting standards for the clinical practice of obstetrics and gynaecology in the UK and across the world. 

Our ability to achieve our ambitions depends on the actions of our members, our staff, our partners, our funders and our donors. 

Watch our videos to hear our experts talk about the RCOG’s 5-year vision.

Our global health work

Since the launch of the global health strategy, the global health activity of the RCOG has grown rapidly. Read on to find out about our new activities and how you can get involved. 

Expanding fistula provision at Kitovu Health Care Complex

Kitovu fistula clinic

RCOG Global Health is developing training packages for women’s health globally. This has begun with Excellence in: Obstetric Skills which includes emergency obstetric skills training, early warning systems, communication and referral and respectful care. The training package includes ‘train-the-trainers’ to embed skills locally. The training is currently being run through our partnership with Kitovu Health Care Complex in Uganda. 

In addition, our second package is Excellence in: Essential Gynaecological Skills which offers training for health care workers in 10 aspects of gynaecological health including cervical cancer, early pregnancy loss, abnormal uterine bleeding and contraception. The training package is in the development and piloting phase. 


Since 2013, the RCOG has run Surgical Training in the Austere Environment (STAE) for surgeons in collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). This followed a request from the RCS to provide emergency obstetric skills for surgeons on the UK Trauma Register, who are often required to deal with obstetric emergencies while deployed in humanitarian and conflict zones. 

MTI class of 2014

RCOG Medical Training Initiative

The RCOG MTI Scheme continues to expand and a number of improvements have been made to streamline the process. Find out more about the scheme and application schedule.

Global Health Trainees Group (GHTG)

In 2014, the GHTG was established by trainees from around the UK with a strong interest in global health. The trainees provide support for the two Global Health Committees: Global Project Management and Global Placements.

To learn more about their work and how you can help, email

Do you have a new project idea?

We also welcome new project ideas from all over the world. If you’re already involved in a project or just have an idea, we may be able to help you scale it up or make it a reality. Download the global health project development form (Word document, 882 kb), complete it and send it back to

Contact us

If you have any questions, or would like more information, please email the Global Health team.

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Global health projects and partnerships
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