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FIGO reaffirms support: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2016)

The International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) - held each 6 February - encourages global awareness of FGM/C and promotes its eradication. Please click here to view the statement. View FIGO's film on FGM: :...

New FIGO Officers meet in London

The new FIGO Officers (2015-2018) met in London at FIGO HQ at the end of January 2016: President - Professor Chittaranjan Narahari Purandare (India) Vice President - Professor Seija Grenman (Finland) President Elect - Dr Carlos Füchtner (Bolivia) Honorary Secretary - Professor Gian Carlo Di Renzo (...

‘In the Body of the World’: Eve Ensler's lecture at the FIGO World Congress 2015

Eve Ensler received a standing ovation for her lecture ‘In the Body of the World’ at the FIGO World Congress in Vancouver in October 2015. View it here http://bit.ly/1NmBgHf Watch other FIGO videos...

Pollution exposure in pregnancy affects baby's asthma risk

Women who are exposed to high levels of air pollution during their pregnancy may be unknowingly increasing the risk of their babies developing asthma in childhood, according to a new study. Research conducted by scientists at the University of British Columbia in Canada found that expectant mothers...

Figures reveal extent of HIV in Indian women

New figures have revealed just how many Indian women are living with HIV. According to data from the country's government, 40 per cent of all HIV patients in India are female, meaning the spread of the disease could increase dramatically over the next few years. This is because mothers can pass...

Ban Ki-moon calls for end to FGM

The United Nations' secretary general Ban Ki-moon has called on men across the globe to help bring an end to female genital mutilation (FGM). Speaking to the UK's Guardian newspaper, Mr Ban stated: "Now is the time for men all over the world to take up the fight to end FGM with real...

UK to launch mental health services for FGM victims

The UK government has announced that it will be developing mental health services specifically aimed at helping victims of female genital mutilation (FGM). Following the International Day of Zero Tolerance for FGM this weekend (Saturday February 6th), Britain's healthcare ministers have...

February 7th marked National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

This weekend (Sunday February 7th) saw the 16th annual National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day take place in the US to raise awareness of the condition and encourage increased uptake of testing. In a blog for the website AIDS.gov, Dr Eugene McCray, director of the division for HIV/AIDS prevention at...

FGM 'bigger problem in UK than first thought'

Female genital mutilation (FGM) is a bigger problem in the UK than has previously been thought, a new report reveals. This is according to figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre and anti-FGM charity Plan UK, which were released to coincide with the International Day of Zero...

Zimbabweans lead the way on condom usage in Africa

Zimbabweans use more condoms than their counterparts living elsewhere in Africa, new statistics reveal. Figures from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the National Spending Association show that 11 million male condoms and five million female condoms were distributed in Zimbabwe by the...

Embryo editing permission granted to UK scientists

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has ruled that a team of UK scientists will be allowed to edit embryos in a bid to gain an improved understanding of foetal development. A team from the Francis Crick Institute led by Dr Kathy Niakan will now be allowed to genetically modify...

Zika transmitted via sex in US case

The Zika virus is continuing to spread throughout the US, with the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the outbreak a global emergency on the same scale as the Ebola epidemic. It is known that the infection spreads from the bites of the aedes mosquito, but in one case in Texas, doctors have...

C-section babies may benefit from vaginal swab

Babies that are delivered by caesarean section may benefit from being swabbed with fluid from their mothers' vaginas, according to a new study. Research carried out by doctors at the New York University Langone Medical Center in the US led to the discovery that babies can still benefit from the...