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RCOG release: RCOG collaborates with Sidra in Qatar to deliver women’s health symposium

News 27 November 2014

The RCOG has collaborated with Sidra Medical and Research Center in Qatar to deliver a joint meeting on ‘Hot Topics in Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ from 30 November 30 to 2 December 2014.

The meeting is part of the Sidra Symposia Series and will be the first time the RCOG has supported an event in Qatar.

The symposium will cover the latest obstetrics and gynaecology issues in the Middle East.

There is a wide range of topics covered and speakers from all over the world will be in attendance. Dr David Richmond, President of the RCOG will give the keynote lecture on quality and patient safety indicators. Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, President of FIGO will give a lecture on postpartum haemorrhage (PPH) and lessons learned from previous Confidential Inquiries.

Other topics being discussed include management of infertility, prevention of cervical cancer and ways to prevent a first caesarean section.

During the event there will also be an Admissions Ceremony. Thirty-three RCOG members will be elevated to the Fellowship including Dr Lolwa Mohd A I Alansari, the first female Qatari member to become a Fellow.

The RCOG’s Gulf Ambassador supports the College’s aim to work closer with the Gulf region. Mr Hassan Shehata FRCOG, RCOG Ambassador to the Gulf Region, said:

“We are looking forward to this conference with Sidra and the RCOG is well placed to play a pivotal role in assisting our colleagues, members and fellows, to help deliver their quest for improvement and change in the region.”

Dr Paul Fogarty, RCOG Senior Vice President for Global Health, said, “We are delighted to be collaborating with Sidra to deliver this conference, the first event of its kind to be held in Qatar.

“The RCOG is keen to build strong partnerships in the Gulf region and we want to understand the local needs and develop new training programs and links with countries in the Middle East. The upcoming conference will enable us to share expertise and develop new relationships, and I look forward to meeting fellow health professionals in the field of women’s health.”

“We are excited to welcome this prestigious organisation to the region and I look forward to a robust dialogue around some of the topics most pertinent to women’s health today,” said Sidra’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr Joachim Dudenhausen. “We are hopeful that attendees to the event will take away key learnings that they can apply to their medical skills and experience in line with one of our key pillars around making medical education accessible for healthcare professionals in the region.”


For further information, please contact the RCOG Media and PR team on +44 20 7772 6300 or email Read the full programme.

About Sidra Medical and Research Center

Sidra Medical and Research Center, currently under construction in Doha, Qatar, will be a groundbreaking hospital, research and education institution, focusing on the health and wellbeing of women and children regionally and globally. Sidra will be a fully digital facility, incorporating the most advanced information technology applications in clinical, research and business functions. Sidra will initially have 400 beds with infrastructure to enable expansion to 550 beds in a subsequent phase.

Sidra represents the vision of Her Highness Sheikha Moza bint Nasser who serves as its Chairperson. The high-tech facility will not only provide world-class patient care but will also help build Qatar's scientific expertise and resources. Sidra will be funded by a US$7.9 billion endowment from Qatar Foundation, one of the largest endowments of its kind in the world.

Sidra is part of a dynamic research and education environment in Qatar that includes leading international institutions, such as Sidra’s academic partner Weill Cornell Medical College in Qatar. Through strong partnerships with leading institutions around the world, Sidra is creating an intellectual ecosystem to help advance scientific discovery through investment in medical research.

Sidra will have a unique working structure with inter-professional collaboration at the heart, providing the best holistic care for patients and an unparalleled learning environment for its medical professionals. Sidra will combine the best in design, technology, operations and practices from medical centers around the world – to offer its employees an environment that is at once familiar and extraordinary.

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