A cutting-edge scientific programme will include contributions from renowned speakers and international experts and focus on the latest developments, hot topics and issues in the field of obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as how the RCOG is working to improve women’s health globally.
Among the key sessions and speakers include Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, who will present talks on abortion care, gender equality and domestic violence.
Professor Hayward Brown, President of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, will discuss the care of pregnant women of marginalised communities by sharing experience from the US.
Other speakers include Professor Dennis Lo, from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, who will talk about the present and future of non-invasive prenatal testing programme, and Professor Margaret Cruickshank, from the University of Aberdeen in Scotland, who will provide an overview of the global impact of HPV vaccination.
Dr Joseph Ng, from National University Cancer Institute in Singapore, will discuss whether there is a place for robotic surgery in gynaecology, and Dr Susan Logan, from National University Health System in Singapore, will talk about barriers to accessing contraception in Asia.
In addition to the main scientific programme, there will be practical workshops to develop obstetrics and gynaecology skills and social events to enable networking among peers.
Professor Lesley Regan, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, said:
“This is a record breaking RCOG World Congress - never before have we had so many countries represented at our Congress. I believe that it is a reflection of the truly global nature of the RCOG and emphasises the scale of the impact that we can have, if we work closely together, on the health of girls and women around the world.
"The RCOG's commitment to providing high-quality care across the life course, from adolescence, through the reproductive and childbearing era, and then to women’s post-reproductive years, is reflected in the enormous diversity of topics represented in the Congress programme over three days.
"A theme running across Congress is the need for all of us working in obstetrics and gynaecology to act as advocates for women’s health. This means looking beyond the clinical aspects of our work and our duty to provide safe, high-quality care, to speak up for the needs of the women we care for, many of whom have no voice of their own.”
During her opening address to officially launch the Congress, Professor Regan will say:
“Women’s human rights need to be addressed at a global level if we are to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. As healthcare professionals specialising in women’s health, we have an important role to play in tackling the gender inequalities that lie beneath many of the health inequities faced by women across the globe. We are often the first and only point of contact for women to reach out to. The breadth of our Congress programme demonstrates the many opportunities we have to engage with women across their life-course.
“Together, the RCOG, our members and everyone we work with, have an extraordinarily powerful voice, and I believe we have a responsibility to use that voice to advocate for women’s health, and women’s rights to health care, all over the world."
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About the RCOG
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists is a medical charity that champions the provision of high quality women’s healthcare in the UK and beyond. It is dedicated to encouraging the study and advancing the science and practice of obstetrics and gynaecology. It does this through postgraduate medical education and training and the publication of clinical guidelines and reports on aspects of the specialty and service provision.