Dressing wounds and restoring dignity

On World Refugee Day, FIGO hears from surgeon Dr. Sayeba Akhter, Bangladesh, ahead of her session at FIGO World Congress 2018 .

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New definition of skilled health personnel

WHO, FIGO, UNFPA, UNICEF, ICM, ICN, and IPA we have published a joint statement on a new definition of skilled health personnel providing care during childbirth.

Facebook data reflects gender gap

Countries with a lower gender divide on social networking site Facebook are more rapidly approaching gender equality in economic terms. This is according to a new study by the Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain, and the Medical University of Vienna, Austria. The researchers developed a tool...

Caesarean Section Rates Going Up

Our President, Professor CN Purandare, recently spoke at the 61 st All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology in January where he expressed his concern at the rising rates of caesarean sections.

Women who sleep and wake early 'are less prone to depression'

Women who generally wake up and go to bed early are less likely to experience mental health issues, according to a new study. The research, from the University of Colorado Boulder and the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, assessed 32,000 female...

PPH leading to unnecessary deaths

Women across the globe are dying unnecessarily due to excessive bleeding after childbirth, in some of the poorest and most under-resourced regions.

Binge drinking among teenage girls 'can affect bone mass'

Binge drinking among teenage girls could have a negative impact on their bone mass development, according to a new study. The Loyola Marymount University research assessed 87 college women aged 18 to 20 and found that those who regularly binge drank in high school had lower bone mass in the spine...

New study highlights risk factors associated with C-section infections

New research has identified a number of risk factors that may increase the likelihood of an infection during a caesarean section delivery, some of which are potentially avoidable. The University of Florida Health Jacksonville team carried out a retrospective chart review of 90 C-section deliveries...

New hereditary cancer risk tool launched by UK charity

A new tool has been developed by a UK charity to help people identify if their family history puts them at greater risk of developing ovarian and other cancers. Ovarian Cancer Action has created the Hereditary Cancer Risk Tool, which lays out a series of questions regarding a person's family...

Breast milk 'may help to prevent food allergies in children'

Breastfeeding children could be an effective way of helping them to avoid developing food allergies, according to new research. A study led by the University of California San Diego School of Medicine has found that the unique composition of a mother's breastmilk may help to reduce food...

What Women Want campaign

FIGO are delighted to join the global What Women Want campaign, asking one million women and girls worldwide—from capital cities to rural villages—about their top priority for quality maternal and reproductive health services by the end of 2018...

Thyroid issues during pregnancy 'may be linked to gestational diabetes'

Women who experience thyroid dysfunctions in the first half of their pregnancies may be at an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes, according to research. US scientists analysed the medical records of 107 women with gestational diabetes and 214 other pregnant women, finding evidence...