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'Together We Can': 3 in 4 maternal, newborn and young child deaths occur in just 20 countries, report reveals

75% of all maternal, newborn and child deaths occur in just 20 countries. The major causes of death are largely preventable, a new report reveals The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses...

Kangaroo Mother Care Joint Statement

FIGO endorses Joint Statement - acceptance and promotion of kangaroo mother care (KMC) by professional associations is critical for its accelerated use to save newborn lives and improve outcomes globally.

Latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter online

The latest FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is now online . Click here to subscribe

Cancer treatment ‘may cause women to grow new eggs’

A new study has discovered that women treated with a common chemotherapy drug combination have more young eggs in their ovaries following treatment. The study, led by the University of Edinburgh, UK, found that a common treatment for Hodgkin’s lymphoma - known as ABVD - appears to increase...

Study: No link between flu during pregnancy and autism

Children born to mothers who had flu during pregnancy are not at higher risk of developing autism spectrum disorders (ASD) than those whose mothers did not suffer from the virus, according to new research. A team of researchers led by Kaiser Permanente, California, US, found that there was no link...

Menopause linked to decline in lung function

Menopausal women appear to experience an accelerated decline in lung function, according to new research. An international group of scientists conducted the ‘Menopause is Associated with Accelerated Lung Function Decline’ study by analysing data from 1,438 women enrolled in the European...

Amber Rudd: FGM ‘can be wiped out’

UK home secretary Amber Rudd is set to tell a major international conference today (December 1st) that female genital mutilation (FGM) can be “wiped out in a generation,” according to reports. Speaking at the Ending FGM event in London, UK, Ms Rudd will say: “FGM is a devastating...

Scientists develop tool to aid breast cancer surgery

Researchers have developed an optical fibre probe that distinguishes breast cancer tissue from normal tissue. It is hoped that this could allow surgeons to be much more precise when removing breast cancer. Scientists at the University of Adelaide, Australia, said the device could help prevent...

UK’s Nice urges doctors to offer breast cancer prevention drug

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) watchdog has issued new guidelines that recommend healthy women be prescribed cheap drugs that will cut the risk of developing breast cancer by half. According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), clinicians should consider...

Non-profit warns of FGM rise in Kenyan region over holidays

Chair of the Kenyan non-profit organisation Maendeleo ya Wanawake Mary Kanana has said there could be a rise in female genital mutilation (FGM) in Meru County during this holiday season. She said that the practice is typically more prevalent in the region at this time of the year. Speaking to...

Study finds ‘add-on’ fertility treatments lack evidence

A new study has revealed that fertility treatments offered by clinics in addition to in vitro fertilisation (IVF) are not supported by high quality evidence. The study, commissioned by the BBC’s Panorama programme and undertaken by Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine...

Together We Can campaign to reduce maternal and newborn deaths launched

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) has joined forces with the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN) and the International Pediatric Association (IPA) to launch the Together We Can campaign to reduce maternal and...

FIGO reaffirms commitment: ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016)

Statement from the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) on the ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women’ (25 November 2016) Please click here to view the statement. View more informatinon on the day here ...