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29 March 2017

Local mothers nearly eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV

Rates of mother-to-child HIV transmission have plummeted across sub-Saharan Africa in the 15 years since a programme was launched to help HIV-positive pregnant women access essential services and medical care. mothers2mothers (m2m) employs mothers living with HIV to provide education and support to HIV-positive pregnant women, new mothers and their families. The programme, which started in South Africa in 2001, is currently being implemented in seven African countries. In 2015, m2m achieved virtual elimination of mother-to-child transmission (MTCT) with an average MTCT rate of 2.1% among babies of m2m clients at the final 18-24 month test; significantly lower than national rates. For example, the national MTCT rate in Lesotho is 14%, while the rate among women served by m2m Lesotho is 3.7%.  In Uganda, the national MTCT rate is 8%, compared to a 5.8% rate among m2m Uganda clients.


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21 March 2017

Hearts and minds must be changed to support safe abortion care

Around 22 million unsafe abortions take place around the world each year, resulting in the preventable deaths of nearly 50,000 women. Another 5 million women suffer serious injuries as a result of complications due to unsafe abortions, often leading to chronic and life changing disabilities.

20 March 2017

Pregnant women should be screened for substance abuse

Nearly two in 10 (19.6%) women in the Western Cape, South Africa drink alcohol while pregnant*; twice the international average and more than double the number in the US (8.5%)**. Meanwhile, statistics show that almost 9% of expectant mothers in South Africa use illegal drugs*, compared to 6% in the US** where nearly 16% of women smoke cigarettes during pregnancy**. With women most at risk of developing a substance use disorder during their reproductive years (especially between 18-29), experts insist greater awareness and further action are needed to better manage this critical issue. 

13 March 2017

RCOG/BMS response to review of HRT study

Dr Heather Currie, Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), said:

“Professor Robert D Langer’s paper, The evidence base for hormone replacement therapy (HRT): what can we believe?, is an interesting and welcome review of the 2002 Women’s Health Initiative (WHI) clinical trial of HRT. The study and subsequent report, which emphasised the risks of HRT, caused worldwide concern which led many women to refuse treatment.


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8 March 2017

RCOG World Congress 2017

Women’s right to receive safe and timely healthcare will be the focus of the 2017 Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress in Cape Town from 20-22 March.


27 February 2017

Cardiac arrests in pregnancy associated with obstetric anaesthesia complications

Nearly one in four cardiac arrests in pregnancy are associated with complications of obstetric anaesthesia, according to a new study published today (Friday 24 February) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).


22 February 2017

Maternal Mental Health - Women's Voices report

Women’s experiences highlight urgent need to improve maternal mental healthcare

Women with mental health problems during and after pregnancy reveal the impact of low rates of specialist referral, long waits, as well as lack of consensus over medication and little support for their partners, in a survey published today (22 February) by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and supported by the Maternal Mental Health Alliance (MMHA).


8 February 2017

RCOG statement: Mexico City Policy

The core purpose of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) is to improve women’s health and the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology worldwide. We are extremely concerned at the reinstatement of the Mexico City Policy, which bans programmes that receive US government funding from offering or providing information about abortions. 


25 January 2017

Nearly one in 10 British women experience painful sex

Nearly one in 10 of British women are experiencing painful sex (dyspareunia), according to a new study published today (25 January) in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG).


16 January 2017

RCM CEO announces retirement

Cathy Warwick the Chief Executive (CEO) of the Royal College of Midwives (RCM) has announced her retirement and will step down from the role at the end of August 2017. 


11 January 2017

Support for the RCP in calling for a review of NHS funding and resourcing

“The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) supports a call by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) for the Prime Minister to immediately review how the demand on the NHS is met and resourced."


31 December 2016

Prof Mary Ann Lumsden, Senior Vice President, awarded an OBE

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is delighted that its Senior Vice President, Professor Mary Ann Lumsden, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year's Honours list 2017 for services to Women’s Health.


16 December 2016

Excessive bleeding after childbirth remains a leading cause of maternal deaths

More can be done to prevent excessive bleeding after childbirth, including training for maternity staff and the development of local protocols, state revised clinical guidelines published today by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG). 


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