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FIGO now recruiting for Deputy Project Director - Institutionalisation of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) is seeking to recruit a highly motivated and qualified Deputy Project Director to lead the Institutionalisation of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services Initiative. Please click here for full application details. Deadline date: 23:00hrs...

FIGO supports International Women's Day 2015

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) reaffirms its support for its valuable objectives...

Experts issue antibiotic warning to pregnant women

Experts are warning pregnant women of the possible dangers of taking an antibiotic that is prescribed for chest infections. A team of researchers from University College London and Great Ormond Street Hospital say that there is an increased risk of epilepsy and cerebral palsy in children whose...

Pakistan 'needs more fistula centres'

Experts are calling on the Pakistani government to set up more obstetric fistula centres in the country. There are only nine such centres throughout Pakistan and while they offer free treatment to sufferers, there is an urgent need to develop more hubs. Speaking at a press conference, Dr Shershah...

Global maternal mortality rate falls significantly

The health of girls and women around the world has improved significantly, with the global maternal mortality rate falling by 42 per cent since 1995. This is according to a new report by the Clinton Foundation in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Entitled No Ceilings, the...

Angelina Jolie Pitt reveals she is now in early menopause

Angelina Jolie Pitt has revealed that she has entered early menopause at the age of 39 after having her ovaries and fallopian tubes removed. Writing in the opinion pages of the New York Times in the US, the actress said that she had been thinking about doing this for a long time. She made the...

Maternal mortality rates in China decrease

China has met its maternal mortality Millennium Development Goal one year ahead of the deadline, the country’s official press agency revealed. Xinhua reported that China’s maternal mortality rate contracted to 21.7 per 100,000 last year, compared to 23.2 per 100,000 in 2013. According...

Exercise advised for HIV-positive people

People living with HIV may, in addition to receiving antiretroviral medication, be given a “home exercise plan”. According to research published in the Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS , ensuring that people with the virus keep fit will go a long way towards reducing the...

UNAIDS hosts fundraising gala to fight HIV

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) has hosted its first ever fundraising gala in Geneva, Sweden. Part of the UNAIDS effort to ensure that children remain free from HIV and mothers have access to the best antiretroviral treatment, the event is seen as an effective way of...

PAHO and WHO launch new maternal mortality initiative

A new scheme, entitled "Zero maternal deaths from haemorrhage", has been launched by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The focus of the initiative is to boost healthcare access for pregnant women in the Americas and improve the quality of...

WaterAid: 1 in 5 newborn deaths preventable through clean water

The majority of newborn deaths occur in low and middle-income countries, yet, through better sanitation and clean water, this can be cut says WaterAid. In a new report, Healthy Start: the first month of life, the charity explained that one in five neonatal deaths could be prevented through simple...

Breast cancer tests 'can be inaccurate'

Biopsies carried out to test for breast cancer may not deliver accurate results the first time, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The paper found that pathologists, who took part in experiments to gauge their ability to accurately identify...