False websites claiming to be FIGO 2018

We strongly recommend that anyone attending the FIGO World Congress uses ONLY the official website for registration and accommodation requests

Family planning is a human right

The ability for women to choose how many children they want, and when they want to have them - if at all - is a human right.

Respecting women's human rights

Stephen Munjanja, member of FIGO's Women's Health and Human Rights committee, explains how their recent plans will be of particular benefit to Zimbabwe...

A global imperative for Universal Health Coverage

New report 'Delivering quality health services - A global imperative for universal health coverage' highlights global deficiencies in health services...

India has achieved groundbreaking success

WHO commends India for its groundbreaking progress in recent years in reducing the maternal mortality ratio.

Improving rights-based family planning

Hear from Lucy Asaba, Uganda, on the importance of investing in rights-based, multidimensional approaches to contraception in Uganda.

New drug formulation could save more lives after postpartum haemorrhage

An altered drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could result in thousands of women’s lives being saved in low and lower-middle-income countries. This is according to a study led by the World Health Organization (WHO). Currently, WHO recommends oxytocin as the first method...

Record number of presenters set for FIGO World Congress

FIGO is delighted to announce that 2066 abstracts have been received for the XXII FIGO World Congress 2018 – the highest number in the history of the World Congress...

Air pollution exposure 'not linked to ADHD'

Exposure to air pollution during pregnancy may not be linked to an increased risk of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and other symptoms of hyperactivity in children, according to new research. The study was carried out at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal), Spain,...

Probiotics reduce osteoporosis levels in older women

Probiotics, dietary supplements with health-promoting bacteria, can be used to affect the human skeleton, according to a study by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The researchers found that among older women who received probiotics, bone loss was halved compared to women who received only a...

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 .

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.