The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) today publish a joint manifesto for the general election on Thursday 8 June 2017.
A major trial published in The Lancet shows that a cheap and widely available medication can reduce deaths from severe bleeding after childbirth; the leading cause of maternal mortality worldwide. The study of 20,000 women from 21 countries shows that maternal deaths were reduced by 31%, and urgent surgery to stop life-threatening bleeding was decreased by 36%, if the treatment was given within three hours of delivery.
Ahead of the UK general election on 8 June, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists calls on political parties to support women’s health priorities.
Dr Heather Currie, Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS), said:
"The screening of ‘Kirsty Wark: The Menopause and Me’ is both welcome and timely. It shares information and experiences that women will find useful, but also adds impact to the latest revelations about the serious concerns made in the report in 2002 which scared so many women, including Kirsty Wark, away from using hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
More than 2,300 delegates from 77 countries packed into the Cape Town International Convention Centre for the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017 (20-22 March). More than 155 internationally renowned experts presented at the annual event on a wide range of issues affecting women’s healthcare globally. The cutting edge scientific programme, which featured daily plenaries, lectures and breakfast sessions, saw experts share the latest developments, current challenges and new technologies in their fields.
Professor Lesley Regan, President of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG), said:
“This report is long-overdue and much-needed. We commend the Committee for its strong stance on the need for political consensus and strategic, long-term oversight of the UK’s health and social care system. The health and care system cannot remain sustainable without a comprehensive, long-term strategy to secure an appropriately skilled, trained and committed workforce – and the RCOG agrees with the Committee that the lack of such a workforce strategy represents the biggest internal threat to the sustainability of the NHS."
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) welcomes the publication of the Next Steps on the NHS Five Year Forward View and in particular its support for a more integrated health and social care system, recognising the need for ongoing innovation to ensure a sustainable NHS for future generations. We are encouraged to see that the update recognises the contribution and dedication of hard working NHS staff and that all trusts are working to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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).
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