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FIGO recruiting for Finance Co-ordinator

FIGO is currently recruiting for a Finance Co-ordinator (part-time, fixed term one year) to join its Finance Team. Download the job description and person specification here . Please send a cover letter and CV to figo@figo.org . Closing...

The International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) editorial team is recruiting for two positions

FIGO’s official journal, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO), is currently recruiting for two positions to join the small editorial team: an Editorial Assistant and a Manuscript Editor. Download the job descriptions and person specifications at the following links:...

Fighting Fistula: Building the Capacity of Fistula Surgeons

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2015 (23 May 2015). Please click here to view the statement.

Cuba 'stamps out' mother-to-child HIV

Cuba has successfully managed to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of both HIV and syphilis. This is according to the World Health Organization (WHO), which labelled the breakthrough as one of the greatest ever achievements in public health. It is now hoping that other countries around the...

Anti-FGM advert wins award despite heavy criticism

An advertisement campaign aimed at raising awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been given an award, despite attracting heavy criticism. The ads, created by Ogilvy and Mather London on behalf of charity 28 Too Many, were handed a gold and bronze award at the Cannes Lions - the most...

Cord milking ‘boosts the flow of blood in preterm babies’

Scientists have developed a technique that boosts the flow of blood from the umbilical cord into a preterm infant’s circulatory system. This helps to improve red blood cell levels and blood pressure in babies born by Cesarean section, the study showed. Published in the journal Pediatrics, the...

Women with lupus ‘can expect a good pregnancy outcome’

Women with lupus need not worry about experiencing a “good pregnancy outcome”, according to “pioneering” new research. Scientists at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York found that in 81 per cent of pregnancies in women with “inactive or stable mild to moderate...

Support for new mums in England ‘being wound down’

Support services on offer to new mothers in England are dwindling, a UK-based newspaper has reported. The Guardian said that as a result of this, new mothers, especially first-time mums, face experiencing a very difficult year. This is because they will not benefit from expert advice and guidance...

Menopause-related antidepressants ‘may increase risk of bone fracture’

Women who take menopause-related antidepressants may be at a greater risk of experiencing a bone fracture, according to new research. The paper, published in the journal Injury Prevention, found that the impact the medication has on women can last for a few years after it was taken. Known as SSRIs...

UNAIDS: More needs to be done to tackle HIV in most affected countries

More needs to be done to tackle HIV in countries that are most affected by the virus, a new report has said. The study, from UNAIDS and the Lancet Commission, says that these countries need to focus their attention on stopping new HIV infections from happening and expand access to antiretroviral...

Sunlight ‘can boost fertility levels’

Greater exposure to sunlight can boost fertility levels in women, new research has found. The International Centre for Reproductive Health in Belgium reported that an extra dose of sunshine can increase the likelihood of conception by as much as a third. The team looked at the quality of eggs...

Better advice needed to highlight the dangers of drinking during pregnancy

There needs to be better advice on the dangers woman face when drinking alcohol during pregnancy, an expert has said. Sir Al Aynsley-Green, who was the first children’s commissioner for England between 2010 and 2015, said that recommendations made to pregnant women are often difficult to...

Domestic violence 'linked to chronic disease'

A new campaign is being rolled out across the US to raise awareness of the link between women's health and domestic violence. The project, known as Beyond the Bruises, is the work of the Society for Women’s Health Research, a non-profit organisation based in the US city of Washington, DC...