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Latest issue of FIGO Newsletter available online

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

FIGO recruiting for Deputy Project Director and Project Coordinator

FIGO is currently recruiting for two new positions: a Deputy Project Director - Institutionalization of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services, and a Project Coordinator - Institutionalization of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services

Announcement: FIGO/Chien-Tien Hsu Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology

The Chien-Tien Hsu Research Foundation and FIGO have established a Fellowship on Gynecologic Oncology to enable young obstetricians and gynecologists who are beginning a career in gynecologic oncology to attend the FIGO World Congress of Gynecology and Obstetrics and to visit a gynecologic oncology...

FGM cases widespread in Kenyan county

The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) is still widespread in the Tharaka Nithi county of Kenya. Reports by The Star state that the practice remained out of control in Chuka Igambang'ombe over the past month. The Chuka law courts have recently heard three cases of parents failing to...

Kenya opens more fistula treatment centres

Kenya is helping to combat the problem of fistula throughout the country by opening more dedicated treatment centres. The issue is widespread in the African nation with over two million women suffering from fistula complications. Not only is it hugely distressing there is also a stigma attached...

Best FGM care methods still unclear

There is no clear method to tackling the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) across the globe, according to new research. A study by Geneva University Hospitals and the World Health Organization (WHO), published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, suggested that...

UK charity provides platform for Somali women to speak out against FGM

A UK-based charity is providing a platform for Somali women to speak about the problem of female genital mutilation (FGM) in their home country. The UKaid funded Girls' Club aims to allow girls and women alike to highlight the prevalence of FGM, sexual reproductive health, gender-based violence...

Kenyan counties to step up FGM campaign

Kenya is set to step up its war against female genital mutilation (FGM). Counties in the North Rift region of the African nation have recently lent their support to eradicating the practice across the country, the Star reports. It comes after representatives from areas such as Pokot, Baringo and...

UK police step up FGM campaign over Christmas

Police in the UK are stepping up efforts to combat female genital mutilation (FGM) over the Christmas period. Officers will be launching special operations and will be on patrol at Gatwick Airport to raise awareness of the practice among passengers. They will be focusing on people travelling to...

Maasai women denounce FGM practice in Kenya

Over 450 young Maasai women have joined together to denounce the practice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Kenya. Supported by leaders from Kajiado County and the head of Department for International Development (DFID) in Kenya, Lisa Phillips, the women launched the 'Let Girls Be Women...

Indian hospitals launch new fertility programme

Hospitals in the Indian state of Gujarat have launched a new programme aimed at improving fertility for infertile couples. Sterling Hospitals, the largest chain of corporate health facilities across the region, announced on Friday (December 11th) the creation of the Sterling Genesis Fertility and...

Zinc could play key role in early breast cancer detection

Zinc has been highlighted as a vital component in helping health officials detect breast cancer much earlier. Researchers led by Oxford University scientists conducted a study, published in the Royal Society of Chemistry journal Metallomics, that noted that changes in the zinc in a person's...

Gambia FGM rates remain high

The prevalence of female genital mutilation (FGM) remains high across Gambia. Fatou Kinteh, United Nations Development Fund (UNFPA) program officer, read a statement on behalf of Boureima Diadie, resident representative of UNFPA, which noted that FGM prevalence is 74.9 per cent in Gambia. The...