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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.

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...

UK holds first-ever FGM trial

A British hospital doctor has appeared in court accused of carrying out female genital mutilation (FGM) on a woman giving birth. In what is the first FGM trial in the UK, Southwark Crown Court heard how Dr Dhanuson Dharmasena is alleged to have carried out the practice on a 24-year-old mother...

UK community to introduce new HIV testing programme

The London Borough of Redbridge, in England, is stepping up its fight against HIV with the introduction of a new testing programme. While HIV prevalence is relatively low in the UK, the need for raised awareness remains more important than ever. The introduction of a rapid testing programme is...

China records spike in HIV cases

China has seen a sudden spike in HIV cases, according to the country's health administration. The nation saw 104,000 new cases of HIV/ AIDS in 2014, a 14 per cent increase from the previous year. Despite the sharp rise in incidents, China still has relatively low overall prevalence of the virus...

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health questions new FGM legislation

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) has raised concerns over plans to change female genital mutilation (FGM) reporting in the UK, put forward by home secretary Theresa May. In July, Ms May announced proposals to set up a government taskforce which would force health...

Ugandan FGM cases on the rise

The number of female genital mutilation (FGM) cases is on the rise in parts of Uganda, according to new research. A new report by UNICEF has found that regions such as Karamoja and Sebei have seen an increase in FGM cases, despite the government passing legislation to tackle the problem five years...

UK councils urged to be "proactive and vigilant" over FGM

Regional councils in the UK should take a more a proactive approach to tackling female genital mutilation (FGM). That is the opinion of Sir James Munby, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, who added that law courts need to clamp down on "actual-or-anticipated" FGM...