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FIGO supports International Women's Day 2017

International Women’s Day (IWD) - a global day celebrating the economic, political and social achievements of women past, present and future - is celebrated on 8 March each year. The International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) supports its valuable objectives. Please click...

FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights launches women's health campaign!

NEW! March 2017 A world-wide international campaign for women’s health has been conceived by the FIGO Committee for Women’s Health and Human Rights. It aims to raise awareness among the general public regarding important areas of gynecology and obstetrics. Please click here. You are...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Women with early periods at risk of early menopause

An international study has linked early puberty and not having children with an increased risk of early menopause in women. The study found women who had their first period before the age of 11 were 80 per cent more likely to experience premature or early menopause, according to Professor Gita...

Anti-inflammatory diet could reduce osteoporosis risk

A new study has found that anti-inflammatory diets - which are high in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains - could help to boost some women’s bone health, which can prevent fractures. Researchers from Ohio State University (OSU), US, examined data from the Women’s Health...