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A joint statement on story about women choosing to be circumcised

The Intercollegiate FGM Group , along with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) and the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), have read the article on why some women choose to be circumcised published on 8 April 2015. We are extremely concerned by the way FGM is...

'Maternal health, foetal development and its effects on adult health' - online course now available

Online course (Accredited by the Consell Català de les Professions Continuing Formació sanitaries - Comissió of Formació Continuing the NHS): Programa de formación continuada on-line: Papel e implicaciones de la salud materna en el desarrollo fetal y sus efectos en la salud del adulto Continuing...

FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Spring Newsletter now available

The second issue (Spring 2015) of the FIGO Fistula Surgery Training Initiative Newsletter is available here . The Newsletter is produced four times a year, to keep you informed about the activities and progress of the Initiative. Subscribe here (see top left hand corner of the Newsletter page) to...

UK charity lauded for its effective FGM education programme

A scheme that raises school children’s awareness of female genital mutilation (FGM) in England has been lauded. Delivered by the UK charity Forward (Foundation for Women’s Health Research and Development), the education programme has impressed policymakers. This was highlighted by the...

No change for breast screening age in the US

The prevailing breast screening programme in the US will continue as normal, with experts agreeing that 50 is the right age for mammograms to take place. That said, new guidelines that have been released state that women in their 40s should consult with their doctor if they wish to have an earlier...

The challenge of accurately documenting maternal mortality

Finding and documenting just how many women die during pregnancy or childbirth in poor countries remains a challenge, according to a new report from the Overseas Development Institute. Describing this ambiguity as a “veil of ignorance”, the authors of the paper stated that one of the...

Severe sickness during pregnancy ‘needs to be treated better’

Women who experience severe sickness during pregnancy need to be better supported, according to new research. The collaborative study from the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) and Pregnancy Sickness Support (PSS) - both based in the UK - revealed that far too many pregnant women are not...

Decrease in severe cases of FGM in Indonesia

Female genital mutilation (FGM) in Indonesia is no longer as culturally acceptable as it was ten years ago, with activism and new government legislation helping to reduce the instances of this practice. A report by USA Today looked into how things in the southeast Asian country have changed with...

UN aims to end FGM by 2030

The United Nations has devised new development goals, which include bringing to an end female genital mutilation (FGM) over the next 15 years. Writing for the online news provider Open Democracy, Nafissatou J. Diop, senior advisor and coordinator of the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on FGM/Cutting:...

UNFPA develops FGM e-learning module

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has developed an e-learning module aimed at improving the understanding of female genital mutilation (FGM) in midwives. It explains that through participating in this, midwives throughout the world - especially in countries where prevalence of this ritual...

Gestational diabetes link to autism

Women who develop diabetes during the first 26 weeks of their pregnancy are at an increased risk of having a child with autism, according to a new study. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the paper explained that this may be as a result of exposure to high levels of...

‘Kick and kill strategy’ may beat HIV

Scientists say that a new vaccine could be developed to stimulate the body’s immune system to fight and eradicate HIV . A collaborative study carried out by University College London (UCL), the University of Oxford, both in the UK, and the University of North Carolina, in the US, says that a...

Promoting women’s human rights ‘can reduce maternal mortality’

Placing an emphasis on the importance of women’s human rights is essential in reducing global maternal mortality, an expert has said. Professor Lesley Regan, vice-president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in London, UK (FIGO's UK member society), and chair of the...