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FIGO recruiting for new Conference Manager

FIGO is seeking to recruit a new Conference Manager . It is the only organisation that brings together professional societies of obstetricians and gynecologists on a global basis. For over 60 years FIGO has collaborated with the world's top health and donor bodies. FIGO currently has Member...

Misoprostol Dosage Chart - new release!

The new FIGO 2017 misoprostol-only dosage chart has been released! An update from the widely used 2012 chart detailing recommended dosages of misoprostol when used by itself for a variety of gynecological and obstetrical indications has been revised and expanded by an expert group and is now...

IJGO impact factor soars to 2.174!

FIGO's journal, the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics (IJGO), has seen its impact factor soar to 2.174, its highest ever! The journal’s ranking has also increased to 36/79 journals (up from 47/80). Visit the journal online. Follow IJGO on Twitter. Visit the IJGO Facebook...

FIGO condolences: Dr Babatunde Osotimehin

Professor CN Purandare, FIGO President, said: 'FIGO wishes to pass on its sincere condolences to UNFPA on the very sad passing of Dr Babatunde Osotimehin , its Executive Director. 'Dr Osotimehin was truly a great global health champion, and highly regarded for his work on sexual and...

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, UNFPA executive director, passes away

Dr Babatunde Osotimehin, the executive director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), has passed away at his home in New York, US. A Nigerian physician, he was a globally respected leader in the public health sphere, as well as a key figure in the empowerment of women and young people. He...

Breastfeeding ‘could protect against chronic pain after caesarean section’

Breastfeeding after a caesarean section (C-section) may help manage pain, according to new research by scientists at the Hospital Universitario Nuestra Señora de Valme in Sevilla, Spain. The findings reveal that mothers who breastfed their babies for at least two months after birth were...

Home births ‘biggest risk factor for neonatal deaths in Africa’

Giving birth at home is the most significant risk factor for neonatal deaths in large parts of Africa, according to a study by Michigan State University, US. Africa continues to see the highest neonatal mortality rates in the world. The researchers found that in both East and West Africa, many...

Ethnicity and breastfeeding ‘influence gut bacteria in infants’

The bacteria in a child’s gut could be influenced as early as its first year by ethnicity and breastfeeding, a new study from McMaster University, Canada, has revealed. According to the study, while stable gut bacteria - called microbiota - may not be established until the child is between...

World Health Assembly opening calls for reduced inequality

The 17th World Health Assembly opened in Geneva this week (22nd May), with director-general Dr Margaret Chan calling for health inequalities to be reduced. Dr Chan explained that the World Health Organization (WHO) “stands for fairness” and called for countries to work on their...

Cancer Research study looks at DCIS breast cancer links

A new group led by Cancer Research UK will look at the links between ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and breast cancer. Annually, roughly 6300 women are told they have the condition and are often warned that it can be an indication of future breast cancer, while some are told they have stage zero...

FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017

FIGO supports the International Day of Action for Women's Health 2017 (28 May). Click here for more information. Join in the campaign...

Heart failure chances could increase due to menopause timing, study shows

Postmenopausal women who reached the menopause at an early age could have more chance of suffering heart failure, findings indicate. Research from the University of California and San Francisco School shows that hormones existing during a woman’s reproductive period may be affected by...

FIGO congratulates new Director-General of WHO

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has been elected as the new Director-General of WHO. FIGO extends sincere congratulations to him. He has confirmed attendance at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro, in October 2018. Pictured at the World Health Assembly in Geneva: L-R: Professor C N...