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Save the date: 18-20 February 2015, Nairobi, Kenya: African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1st Regional Congress & 39th KOGS Annual Scientific Conference

Save the date: 18-20 February 2015, Nairobi, Kenya: African Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 1st Regional Congress & 39th KOGS Annual Scientific Conference Visit the Congress website for full details.

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.

Latest issue of FIGO Newsletter available online

The December 2014 issue of the FIGO Newsletter is now available online.

Former school pupils launch anti-FGM campaign in London

Billboards have been highlighted as the latest weapon to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) in London, England. Two former school pupils are embarking on a new anti-FGM campaign to erect at least five billboards raising awareness of the practice in Ealing. The Hampstead Highgate Express reports...

State-of-the-art fertility facility opens in north-west England

Wigan, England, has become the new home of a state-of-the-art fertility centre. Based at Wrightington Hospital the multi-million pound facility will boast all the latest technology to help couples boost their chances of conceiving a child, Wigan Today reports. The health trust behind the centre,...

Breast cancer patients "lacking knowledge" about their condition

Women diagnosed with breast cancer "lack knowledge" about their condition, according to a new study. Researchers at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, US, explained that there needs to be more education provided to patients when they are diagnosed with the illness. Led by Rachel...

UK hospital treats 1,500 FGM cases in 5 years

A UK hospital has revealed that it has dealt with 1,500 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the past five years. Birmingham's Heartlands Hospital announced at a meeting of the West Midlands Police and Crime Panel that it had seen a large number of FGM cases in recent years. In 2013...

Over 400 FGM cases identified in English hospitals

Over 400 cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in English hospitals were identified in just one month, according to new research. Figures released by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) showed that in November last year, 466 cases of the illegal practice were reported. This was...

Graca Machal praises rejection of FGM in Tanzania

The former First Lady of Mozambique and South Africa has commended the rejection of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Tanzania. Visiting the region on Friday (January 23rd), Ms Machel praised almost 800 girls who refused to undergo the practice in the Tarime and Serengeti districts in December...

Calls to end FGM in Kenya increase

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is killing 40 per cent of women and children during birth in Kenya, according to Anti-Female Genital Mutilation Board chairperson Jebii Kilimo. Speaking in the town of Isiolo on Wednesday (January 21st), Ms Kilimo explained that the country continues to have a major...

HIV cases spike in eastern Europe

Cases of HIV have increased dramatically across eastern Europe, according to new figures. The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that the amount of confirmed HIV cases has passed a record 100,000 year-on-year. However, this figure could be as high as 300,000 as there is a low uptake of HIV...

Fertility treatment becoming much safer

Fertility treatment is becoming much safer, according to new research. A team at the University of Copenhagen, in Denmark, conducted a study which noted that fertility treatment is almost as safe as natural conception as they reported a drop in stillbirths and premature deliveries. The research saw...

FGM to be priority of London child protection experts

Tackling female genital mutilation (FGM) is set to be the priority of child protection experts in Enfield, England. Members of the Enfield Safeguarding Children Board (ESCB) met this week (January 19th) to discuss better ways of protecting the borough's youngsters from both FGM and sexual...