The annual Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress takes place in the city of Hyderabad, India from Friday 28 – Sunday 30 March 2014 and will be the biggest international conference the College has held.
A record number of over 3,000 delegates are set to attend this year’s sold out Congress, attracting both RCOG members and non-members dedicated to bettering women’s health around the world. Aptly this year’s host, India, with an estimated population of over 1.27 billion, is the second most populous country in the world and continues to grow with approximately 51 babies born every minute.
In collaboration with the RCOG’s All India Co-ordinating Committee (AICC) and the Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecological Societies of India (FOGSI), a three-day programme has been devised featuring world-renowned speakers from the UK and abroad. It includes five daily streams with a wide variety of topics enabling attendees to participate according to their personal interests and clinical practice.
Themes will include reproductive health, fertility, maternal and fetal medicine, labour and oncology with a focus on the big health challenges facing women in Asia, particularly family planning, contraception and cervical cancer.
Among the keynote speakers at this year’s Congress will be the RCOG’s new President, Dr David Richmond, who will discuss using quality indicators to improve patient care. Additionally, FIGO President, Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, will speak about the safety of labour and advances for optimal maternal and fetal outcomes across different birth settings.
This year’s inaugural address will be given by Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, former president of the Republic of India (2002-2007). Known popularly known as the ‘people's president’, A. P. J. Abdul Kalam is considered a progressive mentor, innovator and visionary for his distinguished contribution to the scientific research and modernisation of defence technology in India.
Alongside the scientific programme, the 2014 Congress will also feature an RCOG Fellows’ Admissions Ceremony, where 61 members will be elevated to the College Fellowship.
The ceremony will also feature a number of honorary awards, including the prestigious Fellow ad eundem award to be presented to Professor Matthew Mathai, the current Coordinator of the Epidemiology, Monitoring and Evaluation Team in WHO's Department of Maternal, Newborn, Child and Adolescent Health. As a professor in obstetrics and gynaecology, originating from Vellore, India, Dr Mathai’s work to make labour safer has contributed to the development, update and implementation of WHO's Integrated Management of Pregnancy and Childbirth (IMPAC) guidelines and tools.
Additionally, there will be six recipients of the Fellows’ honoris causa – an award presented to individuals who are not members of the College but who have demonstrated the highest level of dedication and support to the development of women’s healthcare services.
Looking ahead to the Congress RCOG President, Dr David Richmond, said:
“This year’s Congress is looking very promising with a stimulating programme and our biggest yet in terms of attendees. It will also be a special time for me as it will be my first Congress as RCOG President. We have had over 1,200 abstracts submitted this year and the programme boasts sessions with world-leaders presenting on a range of topics across the speciality.
“It is very exciting to be in India and have Hyderabad host this year’s conference. Women in India face a multitude of health problems and addressing disparities to improve health outcomes is a major challenge given the size of the country and its ever increasing population.
“The RCOG has over 1,000 of our fellows, members and trainees residing in India and this conference provides us with a good opportunity to recognise the work that our AICC and FOGSI colleagues have been doing to improve women’s health issues in the region, particularly in regard to maternal mortality. There is much we can learn from one another.”
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The Congress will be held at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre Novotel & HICC Complex in Hyderabad, India. For more information and for the full programme please see www.rcog2014.com.
The below is the full list of recipients to receive honorary awards at the 2014 RCOG World Congress.
Fellow ad eundem:
Professor Matthew Mathai
Fellows’ honoris causa:
Lindsay Jane Barnes (India), Dr Hema Divakar (India), Professor N Hephzibah Kirubamani (India), Professor Elhag Malik (Sudan), Dr Narendra Malhotra (India) and Dr Rupert Sherwood (Australia).