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RCOG to attend first FIGO Africa Regional Conference in Ethiopia

News 2 October 2013

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) will be at this year's International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which starts today.

Held over three days (2–5 October), this will be the first Africa Regional Conference that will focus on safe motherhood projects around the world.

Attendees include members and partners from FIGO’s extended network of professional societies in obstetrics and gynaecology from 125 countries worldwide.

As the world leader on standards for women’s reproductive health, the RCOG will run a number of sessions on a range of important issues currently facing O&G professionals around the world.

The importance of using education as a form of empowerment in women’s sexual and reproductive rights worldwide will be addressed by Professor Lesley Regan.

Other RCOG sessions include presentations from the RCOG’s new Senior Vice President for Global Health, Dr Paul Fogarty, and will address the necessity of clinical governance in maternity care and applying RCOG clinical guidelines to local settings.

With a strong presence already in Uganda, due to the successful implementation of the sustainable volunteering project at The Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub, the RCOG is keen to create more partnerships with hospitals in East and regional Africa where the need for safer maternity care is greatest.

These projects will form a large part of the Global Health Unit’s new five-year strategy, which will be released next month, aiming to use our expertise as a College to help reduce maternal and neonatal mortality rates in developing countries.

Dr Paul Fogarty, RCOG Senior Vice President (Global Health), said:

“The FIGO conference is an important event for the women’s health community the world over. It provides the opportunity for medical colleagues to get together, analyse and discuss the latest problems or issues that are facing our specialty the world over.

“The RCOG is always well-represented at FIGO and this conference, with a focus on regional Africa, will allow us to draw on the expertise and experience of Fellows and Members through our global network to make an effective contribution to improving the sexual and reproductive healthcare of women in under-resourced countries.

“It is a crucial for medical leaders to aid in meeting local needs for the implementation and application of safe and low-cost techniques that can improve maternal and neonatal health outcomes in countries most in need.”