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Joint Statement on International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) - 6 Feb 2015

UNFPA, UNICEF, the International Confederation of Midwives and the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics A call to action for health workers around the world to mobilise against FGM. Please click here to view the statement (also available in French, Spanish and Arabic).

New: FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter now available

The first issue of the FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is available here . The Newsletter will be produced four times a year, to keep you informed about the activities and progress of the Initiative. Subscribe now to receive the Newsletter directly to your inbox.

UK city to showcase new fertility technology

The UK city of Sheffield is set to showcase pioneering technology that has helped improve fertility options for couples finding it difficult to conceive a child. As part of a special demonstration on March 13th, fertility experts and embryologists from the Jessop Fertility Unit will showcase the...

HIV and AIDS liturgies launched in West Indies

A manual raising awareness of HIV and AIDS has been launched in the Caribbean. 'Jamaica Praying' has been produced by the United Theological College of the West Indies (UTCWI) and features a series of sensitive liturgies and sermons surrounding the issue of HIV and AIDS in the region. The...

Menopause does not affect sleeping patterns

Menopause does not affect sleeping patterns, according to research conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, in the US. Led by Ellen W. Freeman, research professor in the department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Perelman School of Medicine, the team noted that sleeping patterns did not...

Women in favour of frequent breast cancer screenings

Women would be in favour of more frequent breast cancer screenings for those that are at a higher risk. A study funded by Cancer Research UK and The Eve Appeal, published by The Breast, found that 85 per cent of the 940 women surveyed said they would welcome more breast screenings if they were at a...

Thailand aims to eradicate fertility tourism

Thailand is looking to put an end to 'fertility tourism' as the country passes a law which criminalises paying for surrogacy in the country. The new legislation will ban foreigners and same-sex couples from using surrogacy services in Thailand, which have become highly popular in recent...

New vaccine could completely protect against HIV

Researchers have developed a new vaccine that could completely protect people against HIV . A team at the Scripps Research Institute in California, in the US, adopted a different approach when it came to developing this latest vaccine. Normally vaccines are designed to train the immune system to...

Irish child law to make traceable sperm or eggs compulsory

The Irish government is introducing new regulation that will make it compulsory for all donated sperm or eggs to be traceable. There is concern that this regulation will prompt people to go abroad to find anonymous fertility treatment in countries such as Spain and the Czech Republic, the Irish...

Could gels help to prevent the spread of HIV?

Vaginal gels are being highlighted as a potential method to prevent the spread of HIV . Scientists at the York Clinical Research Facility at York Hospital, in the UK, are investigating whether vaginal gels, known as microbicides, could aid in stopping the spread of a potentially deadly virus. The...

Danish fertility rate enjoys first increase since 2010

Denmark's birth rate has enjoyed a rebound in the past year. Figures from Statistics Denmark has put the current fertility rate at 1.69 for 2014, a slight increase on the previous year and the first time the country has seen a rise for four years. Jutland was found to boast the highest...

Menopause could last 'up to 14 years'

The effects of menopause could be felt for up to 14 years, new research has found. A team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, North Carolina, in the US, warned that women could be experiencing hot flushes and other distressing symptoms for around seven years on average. Led by Nancy Avis, a...