FIGO is in the final phase of preparations for the XXII Triennial World Congress, taking place in Rio de Janeiro. We have had 7,300 registrations so far, with over 9,000 expected from across the world.
I recently met the Federal Health Minister of Brazil, Minister Gilberto Occhi, alongside Professor Luis Cabero, and invited him to open the Congress. We discussed some of the public health challenges facing a country of 200 million, including the high c-section rate of 60-70% and access to contraception and safe abortion. I was impressed to learn that Brazil has universal health care (UHC) and a strong programme on immunisation.
WHO reports that 'As many as 820,000 lives could be saved across the globe each year if more women are encouraged to breastfeed'. During World Breastfeeding Week, we consider why breastfeeding is critical for saving newborn lives.
7,000 fistula repairs and counting
We are thrilled to announce that FIGO's Fistula Fellows have carried out more than 7,000 fistula repairs, transforming women's lives around the globe. A big thank you to our partners and Fellows for their tireless work to end obstetric fistula.
Environmental factors facing women's health
One key influencer that can have an impact on female fertility is the environment. Find out how environmental factors have been strongly linked to women's ability to conceive and have a healthy pregnancy.
Congress programme now live
We are pleased to share the FIGO World Congress programme with you. Join the discussion around all aspects of global women's health and hear the latest ground-breaking topics in the field, delivered by recognised global experts. We look forward to seeing many of you in Rio de Janeiro in October.
Register before September 14th to benefit from lower registration fees.
Dr Flavia Bustreo, special consultant to FIGO, recently received an Honorary Degree from the University of Essex. Congratulations to Dr Bustreo for the special recognition for her work to champion women's and children's human rights.
Johan Vos, Chief Executive comments: "FIGO is very privileged to work with Flavia to help broaden and strengthen our advocacy platforms and make stronger connections with key stakeholders."