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International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO): currently recruiting for an Editorial Assistant

FIGO’s official journal, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO), is currently recruiting for a position on its small editorial team: an Editorial Assistant. Download the job description and person specification at the following link: Editorial Assistant Please send a...

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.

'Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality'

The Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality report will be officially launched on May 19 during a World Health Assembly event hosted by the delegations from Cameroon and Malawi. The report proposes a global target for maternal mortality, supplemented by context-specific national-...

Cardiff-based FGM charity sees cases 'more than triple'

The number of women approaching a Cardiff-based support service for the victims of female genital mutilations (FGM) has more than trebled over the last year. Charity Bawso claims it has received 788 inquiries from people in the Swansea, Newport and Cardiff areas of the UK between April 2014 and...

Anti-inflammatory medicine 'could harm fertility in women'

Anti-inflammatory pain medication could have a substantially negative effect on female fertility, according to a new study. Research from St David's South Austin Medical Center, USA, claims over-the-counter pain relievers such as Aleve, Motrin and Advil contain either Naproxen or Ibuprofen,...

Dutch hospitals accused of refusing to give fertility treatment to single women

A number of hospitals throughout the Netherlands are refusing to offer fertility treatments to single women, reports have suggested. The feminist magazine Opzij looked at 39 hospitals across the country and found that single women were 'not welcome' for treatment in 19 of them. Officially,...

50 girls 'taken' from UK to Somalia for FGM

At least 50 girls have travelled from the UK to Somalia for female genital mutilation (FGM), reports have suggested. British police have reportedly opened investigations into all of the cases. It comes after the issuing of the UK's first FGM protection order in the region of Bedfordshire, which...

Northern Ireland takes action against FGM

Northern Ireland's justice minister David Ford has announced the introduction of a new order aimed at protecting young girls at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). Mirroring a similar move made by British prime minister David Cameron, Mr Ford has introduced the Female Genital Mutilation...

Doctors issued fresh FGM guidelines

Doctors across the UK have been given fresh guidelines for caring for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). Published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the guidelines state that doctors need greater awareness of the health complications associated with FGM and a better...

HIV patients living almost 20 years longer than those in 2001

Patients suffering with the HIV virus can now expect to live nearly 20 years longer than those who were diagnosed in 2001. That is according to a major report by the United Nations (UN), which claimed the figures were mainly down to the increased availability of antiretroviral drugs. The report,...

Jamaica to receive $15m in funding to fight HIV

Jamaica's government is set to receive $15 million (£9.6 million) from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS , Tuberculosis and Malaria. According to reports, the boost in cash will help to further develop the country's national programme against HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases by...

New FGM app launched for vulnerable teenagers

The UK's first app for helping teenagers learn more about female genital mutilation (FGM) and get help if they are at risk, has been launched by a team at Coventry University. The app, which was developed with the help of local schoolchildren, contains a number of privacy features to ensure...

New drug takes the 'edge' off HIV virus

Supplementing antiretroviral therapy with a new natural compound could reduce the potency of the HIV virus and halt the progression of AIDS in patients, new research has suggested. Anyone suffering with HIV has to have antiretroviral therapy for the rest of their life as the nature of the virus...