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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-...

Save the Date: G4 Alliance Global Launch - 17-19 May 2015

The Global Launch of the G4 ALLIANCE takes place in Geneva next week, preceding the World Health assembly‎. The G4 is the coming together of over 40 organisations to raise awareness and provide support and education on four areas that affect the under-resourced world of Surgery Obstetrics,...

British newspaper to train Gambian journalists on FGM

UK-based newspaper the Guardian, in collaboration with Safe Hands for Girls, has announced it is to train Gambian journalists on spotting signs of female genital mutilation (FGM). The training, which is to take place at a hotel in the Gambian city of Kololi, is expected to attract a number of...

Early menopause linked to lower risk of AFib

Women affected by the menopause at a relatively young age may have a slightly lower chance of developing atrial fibrillation, a new study has suggested. The condition, a common heart rhythm disturbance, is not immediately life-threatening but can increase long-term chances of strokes or heart...

Former beauty queen forced into hysterectomy after cancer is misdiagnosed as menopause

A former UK beauty queen was forced to undergo a hysterectomy after doctors misdiagnosed her ovarian cancer as an early onset of the menopause. Paula Brunt, 45, was left with a tumour the size of a football, visiting hospital over 20 times in the space of eight months complaining of severe...

Human rights campaigner leads UK anti-FGM project

A leading human rights campaigner is set to spearhead a new project aimed at stamping out female genital mutilation . Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, who is based in Kenya, is set to take over as the global director of The Girl Generation, following the death of Efua Dorkenoo, who previously ran the...

UK's first ever anti-FGM billboard campaign launched

The UK's first ever billboard campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) has been launched, amid ongoing attempts from activists to draw attention to the issue. It has come on the back of a collaboration between two students from north London, England, and two FGM survivors. Mabel Evans...

ACP calls for 'wiser' cancer screening

The American College of Physicians (ACP) claims cancer screening now needs to be less intensive and more focused on value. The organisation claims that instead of screening everyone more frequently with more sensitive tests, medical professionals should stick to proven methods. "ACP wants...

Campaign to raise awareness of FGM launched in Bristol

A new campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) has been launched by police and Bristol community health advocates the University of the West of England (UWE) in Bristol, England. An event at the higher education institution outlined a host of planned activities as part of the #EndFGMBristol...

Russian Aids epidemic 'worsening under Kremlin policies'

Experts in Russia claim the country's increasingly conservative agenda is causing its HIV -Aids epidemic to worsen. Scientists have predicted that some two million Russians are expected to be infected with the virus over the next five years. Vadim Pokrovsky, head of the country’s state...

Misoprostol now on Model List of Essential Medicines for treatment of PPH

FIGO is pleased to share the news that the World Health Organization (WHO) has accepted the application to list misoprostol on the Model List of Essential Medicines for the additional indication of treating post-partum haemorrhage when oxytocin is not available or cannot be used safely (April 2015...

Sacramento woman 'could hold key to future HIV treatments'

Scientists are set to study a 61-year old woman from Sacramento in the US, who despite being infected with the HIV virus has managed to naturally keep it at bay. Loreen Willenberg was diagnosed with HIV 23 years ago, but claims to have never been sick or had any other related symptoms, despite not...