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Professional associations affirm commitment to improving quality of maternal and newborn health care

Health care professional associations (including FIGO), at the launch of the Network for Improving Quality of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, have endorsed four joint statements calling all their member associations to assume a critical leadership role in advocating and implementing...

FIGO reaffirms support for 2017’s International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation (6 February 2017)

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...

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FGM jeopardises productive health, minister says

Female genital mutilation (FGM) can endanger productive health and fertility and should not be practiced, a Nigerian minister has urged. Dr Okechukwu Ossai, director of public health at the Ministry of Health in Enugu, described it as a violent practice that deprives females of being able to reach...

NICE recommends Intrabeam radiotherapy for breast cancer patients

The UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published guidance recommending the “controlled use of targeted breast cancer radiotherapy treatment alongside further research”. NICE said that it has recommended the Intrabeam Radiotherapy System for people...

Women working irregular shifts may be at risk of low fertility

Women who work at night or follow irregular shift patterns could be in danger of suffering from low fertility, a new study has indicated. Research from Harvard University found that shift and night workers had fewer eggs capable of developing into healthy embryos compared to staff who operated in...

Antibiotics linked to lung damage in newborns

Researchers have found that the ‘excessive use’ of antibiotics in newborns can permanently damage their lung defences. According to a study led by researchers at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre, US, it has long been accepted that antibiotics used to protect...

Pharma firm commits to improve maternal health in low-income countries

US pharmaceutical company MSD (also known as Merck & Co and Merck Sharp & Dohme) has announced it will be committing $10 million (£8 million) to the Global Financing Facility (GFF) in support of the Every Woman Every Child strategy to improve maternal and child health in low and lower...

Anti-FGM campaign launched in UK

A campaign featuring a symbolic red triangle is being launched across the UK to mark the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), taking place on February 6th. The National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) has partnered with the charity Freedom for the campaign to...

FGM ‘identified in medical appointments every hour in UK’

New research has shown that a woman in England attends a medical appointment where female genital mutilation (FGM) is identified every hour on average. According to an analysis of the latest annual NHS statistics by children’s charity Plan International UK, there were 8,656 total attendances...

Cancer rates in women ‘to rise faster than in men’

A new study has revealed that cancer rates will rise nearly six times faster in women than in men over the next 20 years. According to Cancer Research UK, it is predicted that UK cancer rates will increase by roughly 0.5 per cent for men and by approximately three per cent for women. This means...

Women treated for breast cancer precursor ‘live as long as others’

Women over the age of 50 who have been treated for ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) are more likely to be alive ten years later than women who have not, according to new research presented at the European Cancer Congress 2017. Led by Dr Jelle Wesseling, breast pathologist at the Netherlands Cancer...

BanFGM conference kicks off in Rome

A high-level international conference on female genital mutilation (FGM) has begun in Rome, Italy, where campaign groups, United Nations (UN) officials and government ministers have discussed how to end the practice. Campaigners at the BanFGM conference called on governments to focus their...