FIGO World Congress 2018



Press Release
London, 14th September 2018

Over 10,000 global health professionals, policy and decision makers, NGO’s, WHO and UN organisations are due to gather in Rio next month to hold important discussions that will help ensure the physical, mental, reproductive and sexual well-being of women throughout the world. In doing so, we can transform the future and ensure that every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives.

The triennial XXII FIGO World Congress 2018, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil October 14 – 19, is unique, being the only meeting related to the practice of obstetrics and gynaecology that exhaustively addresses all aspects of global women’s health.

2018 is especially important. The world is currently at a pivotal moment when global leaders, national policy makers, partner organisations and civil society are calling out for Health for All; including specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly related to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages.

“How a country prioritises women’s health demonstrates how that country sees its future. The ambition defined in the specific SDGs health targets reflect the urgency of the work at hand for everyone. At FIGO World Congress in Rio we bring together the global community to share knowledge, best practice and to discuss policy implications to promote healthy lives and well-being for all women, everywhere”.                             FIGO

One of the most important elements of any FIGO World Congress is the Scientific Programme consisting of seminars, ‘meet the experts’ sessions, debates, plenary sessions, discussions on new technology, new developments, updates and interactive sessions.


The scientific session is the backbone of the Congress, this year’s programme covers innovative topics in daily practice, the most recent development and management of the rapidly evolving health care requirements, as well as the crucial challenges concerning low resource countries."                                       Prof. CN Purandare, President, FIGO

Ground breaking themes being addressed include:

  • Sexual, Reproductive Health and Rights, including:
    - Increasing access to family planning is key to achieving the SDGs by 2030
    - Addressing Violence Against Women
  • Maternal Health, including:
    - Post-Partum Haemorrhage – one of the leading causes of maternal mortality -  NCDs (including obesity, diabetes and nutrition) how they can impact upon a pregnancy.
    - Antenatal and postnatal care
    - The epidemic of caesarean deliveries
  • Oncology, including:
    - Successes and challenges in preventing and eliminating cervical cancer
    - Early detection of women’s cancers in Low Middle Income Countries (LMICs)
  • Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, including:
    - Fertility practice in low resource settings
    - Male infertility – is the man forgotten?
  • General and Operative Gynecology, including:
    - Innovations in gynaecological surgery with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a consultative status with the United Nations (UN).


About FIGO World Congress 2018, Rio de Janiero

The FIGO World Congress has taken place every three years since 1958. It is the largest global conference bringing together women’s health professionals from around the world.

In 2018, Congress returns to Latin America after 15 years. The congress will include plenary sessions, keynote lectures, seminars and poster presentations. Young scientists will be encouraged to present their work. The scientific and industrial exhibits will present the latest information and provide attendees with insight into the ongoing changes in obstetrics and gynecology.

About FIGO

FIGO is a professional organisation that brings together obstetrical and gynecological associations from all over the world.

FIGO’s vision is that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives, we lead on global programme activities, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

FIGO advocates on a global stage, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pertaining to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and non-communicable diseases (SDG3). We also work to raise the status of women and enable their active participation to achieve their reproductive and sexual rights, including addressing FGM and gender based violence (SDG5).

We also provide education and training for our Member Societies and build capacities of those from low-resource countries through strengthening leadership, good practice and promotion of policy dialogues.

We are in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a consultative status with the United Nations (UN).


For further information, please contact:

Jennifer Crago
Director Communications, Advocacy & Publications
Tel: +44 (0)7383 025 731
Email:     @FIGOHQ