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FIGO recruiting for PPIUD Project Assistant

FIGO is currently recruiting for a Project Assistant for its ‘Institutionalization of Immediate Post-Partum IUD Services’ project. Access the job description and person specification here. Deadline: 23:00hrs on 23 August 2015...

Fighting Fistula: Building the Capacity of Fistula Surgeons

The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports the International Day to End Obstetric Fistula 2015 (23 May 2015). Please click here to view the statement.

'Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality'

The Strategies toward Ending Preventable Maternal Mortality report will be officially launched on May 19 during a World Health Assembly event hosted by the delegations from Cameroon and Malawi. The report proposes a global target for maternal mortality, supplemented by context-specific national-...

Somali women in Brent 'all victims of FGM'

Every Somali woman in the Brent area of London, UK, has been the victim of female genital mutilation (FGM), a former leader of the local council has suggested. Ann John, who has spent decades fighting the issue, claims the World Health Organization (WHO) needed to accept that although it was right...

Computer model predicts best time for women to get pregnant

A new computer model has suggested the best age for women to have their first child. According to the platform, the optimum age for having your first child largely depends on how many children you want to have. Women looking to have just the one child should aim to conceive by the age of 32 as this...

WHO urges access to treatment for all HIV patients

Anyone diagnosed as HIV positive should receive drug treatment immediately, the World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended. Around 15 million diagnosed with the virus are currently receiving treatment, but the WHO estimates that number should be around 28 to 37 million people around the world...

Cancer patients 'often unaware' of fertility options

Young female cancer patients may be unaware of options to help preserve their chances of having children. A study of nearly 500 American cancer patients published in Cancer - a journal of the American Cancer Society - has suggested that many patients are needlessly foregoing their ability to have...

Cardiff-based FGM charity sees cases 'more than triple'

The number of women approaching a Cardiff-based support service for the victims of female genital mutilations (FGM) has more than trebled over the last year. Charity Bawso claims it has received 788 inquiries from people in the Swansea, Newport and Cardiff areas of the UK between April 2014 and...

Anti-inflammatory medicine 'could harm fertility in women'

Anti-inflammatory pain medication could have a substantially negative effect on female fertility, according to a new study. Research from St David's South Austin Medical Center, USA, claims over-the-counter pain relievers such as Aleve, Motrin and Advil contain either Naproxen or Ibuprofen,...

50 girls 'taken' from UK to Somalia for FGM

At least 50 girls have travelled from the UK to Somalia for female genital mutilation (FGM), reports have suggested. British police have reportedly opened investigations into all of the cases. It comes after the issuing of the UK's first FGM protection order in the region of Bedfordshire, which...

Dutch hospitals accused of refusing to give fertility treatment to single women

A number of hospitals throughout the Netherlands are refusing to offer fertility treatments to single women, reports have suggested. The feminist magazine Opzij looked at 39 hospitals across the country and found that single women were 'not welcome' for treatment in 19 of them. Officially,...

Northern Ireland takes action against FGM

Northern Ireland's justice minister David Ford has announced the introduction of a new order aimed at protecting young girls at risk from female genital mutilation (FGM). Mirroring a similar move made by British prime minister David Cameron, Mr Ford has introduced the Female Genital Mutilation...

Doctors issued fresh FGM guidelines

Doctors across the UK have been given fresh guidelines for caring for victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). Published by the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, the guidelines state that doctors need greater awareness of the health complications associated with FGM and a better...