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FIGO reaffirms support: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2016)

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) - held each 6 February - encourages global awareness of FGM/C and promotes its eradication. Please click here to view the statement. View FIGO's film on FGM: :...

New FIGO Officers meet in London

The new FIGO Officers (2015-2018) met in London at FIGO HQ at the end of January 2016: President - Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare (India) Vice President - Professor Seija Grenman (Finland) President Elect - Dr Carlos Füchtner (Bolivia) Honorary Secretary - Professor Gian Carlo Di Renzo (...

‘In the Body of the World’: Eve Ensler's lecture at the FIGO World Congress 2015

Eve Ensler received a standing ovation for her lecture ‘In the Body of the World’ at the FIGO World Congress in Vancouver in October 2015. View it here http://bit.ly/1NmBgHf Watch other FIGO videos...

February 7th marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This weekend (Sunday February 7th) saw the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day take place in the US to raise awareness of the condition and encourage increased uptake of testing. In a blog for the website AIDS.gov, Dr Eugene McCray, director of the division for HIV/AIDS prevention at...

FGM 'bigger problem in UK than first thought'

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a bigger problem in the UK than has previously been thought, a new report reveals. This is according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre and anti-FGM charity Plan UK, which were released to coincide with the International Day of Zero...

Zimbabweans lead the way on condom usage in Africa

Zimbabweans use more condoms than their counterparts living elsewhere in Africa, new statistics reveal. Figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Spending Association show that 11 million male condoms and five million female condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe by the...

Embryo editing permission granted to UK scientists

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has ruled that a team of UK scientists will be allowed to edit embryos in a bid to gain an improved understanding of foetal development. A team from the Francis Crick Institute led by Dr Kathy Niakan will now be allowed to genetically modify...

C-section babies may benefit from vaginal swab

Babies that are delivered by caesarean section may benefit from being swabbed with fluid from their mothers' vaginas, according to a new study. Research carried out by doctors at the New York University Langone Medical Center in the US led to the discovery that babies can still benefit from the...

Zika transmitted via sex in US case

The Zika virus is continuing to spread throughout the US, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak a global emergency on the same scale as the Ebola epidemic. It is known that the infection spreads from the bites of the aedes mosquito, but in one case in Texas, doctors have...

More people becoming resistant to HIV drug

An increasing number of people in Africa are becoming resistant to a common HIV drug, making it harder for doctors to treat the potentially life-threatening condition. This is the finding of a study funded by the Wellcome Trust and carried out by researchers at University College London (UCL) in...

How does eating chocolate when pregnant impact foetal development?

A new study has revealed that chocolate consumption during pregnancy can not only be a source of comfort for women, but it can also have potential benefits for foetal development. This is according to researchers from the Universite Laval Quebec City in Canada, who set out to explore the impact of...

Pregnant women advised not to travel as Zika virus spreads

Pregnant women living in the UK are being advised to delay any overseas trips they have planned in light of the spread of the Zika virus. Although only five women from Britain have been diagnosed with the condition since last year, it is fast taking hold around the rest of the world, which has led...

New research reveals consequences of long pregnancies

A new report highlights the importance of women giving birth as close to their due dates as possible, as pregnancies that run over 40 weeks present added risk to both maternal and newborn health. Researchers from Tel Aviv University in Israel found that babies born after 42 weeks in the womb were...