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Ending fistula by 2030

Ahead of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, hear from Dr Kenny Raha and Bijoux from the DRC.

Dr Homa Dost, women's health in Afghanistan

Hear from Dr. Homa Dost in Afghanistan about the importance of investment to better address Obstetric Fistula.

Rebuilding Lives in Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh

To mark International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, FIGO has heard from three women who have undergone fistula surgery and are now able to recover and re-build their lives. Here's what they had to say:...

Women with gestational diabetes ‘could be more at risk of kidney disease’

Gestational diabetes may predispose women to early-stage kidney damage, a precursor to chronic kidney disease. This is according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health, US, and other institutions. Diabetes during pregnancy occurs when the level of blood sugar is too high...

Six months of breast cancer treatment ‘could be as effective as 12 in some women’

Six months of targeted drug therapy could potentially be as effective as treatment lasting 12 months for women with a type of early stage breast cancer. This is according to unpublished clinical trial results. Roughly nine in ten women taking trastuzumab - sold under the brand name Herceptin - for...

Autism in children ‘not linked to eating fish during pregnancy’

Mothers who eat fish during pregnancy are not increasing their children’s risk of autism or autistic traits. This is according to a study by the University of Bristol, UK, which examined the assumption that mercury exposure during pregnancy is a major cause of autism. They conducted the...

A story of Obstetric Fistula from Nepal

FIGO shares the stories of Obstetric Fistula from Mrs Suku and Dr Ganesh Dangal from the remote area of Sarlahi, Nepal.

Fistula surgery is not an easy job

Dr Nrinmoy Biswas, FIGO Fellow from Bangladesh speaks to us ahead of International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.

Some women ‘regret electing to freeze their eggs’

One in six women who choose to bank their eggs in case they cannot conceive later in life feels regret about the procedure. This is according to a new study by the University of California - San Francisco (UCSF), US. The scientists behind the research said they do not yet fully understand the...

FIGO welcomes Dr Flavia Bustreo as special consultant

FIGO is very fortunate to have engaged Dr Flavia Bustreo as a special consultant to FIGO. Dr Bustreo was the former World Health Organization (WHO) Assistant Director-General for Family, Women's and Children's Health. At WHO, she also served as Deputy Director and then Director of The...

May 2018 highlights at FIGO

Dear Colleagues and Friends I am pleased to tell you of the exciting things that have been happening in FIGO in recent months - there have been many!

Researchers discover potential PCOS cause

Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) may be due to a hormonal imbalance before birth, according to new research. The study, carried out by the French National Institute of Health and Medical Research (Inserm), found that the syndrome may be caused by excess exposure in the womb to a hormone called anti...

Challenges of menstrual hygiene management in emergencies revealed

A lack of effective, coordinated approaches for assisting vulnerable women to manage their menstruation with dignity in challenging settings around the world remains. This is according to new research by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health, US. They also found that the...