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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Welcome to the August newsletter. We have some exciting updates to share with you, including:
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.

There is still time to register before the normal rate closes on 14 September. Our scientific programme promises to deliver a thrilling experience on all aspects of our sub-specialities. I hope to see many of you in Rio.
With all best wishes,
Johan Vos
Chief Executive

Empowering Africa's young women

Young people are sub-Saharan Africa's greatest asset. If we are to ensure that youth are empowered, healthy and prosperous governments must invest in the sexual and reproductive health and rights of girls and young women.

Breastfeeding: foundation for life

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.
Register Today

Pre-Congress Workshops

We have a great selection of Pre-Congress Workshops available, including:

Latest IJGO articles

Don't miss the Journal's latest free articles on Contemporary Issues in Women’s Health, Diagnosis of pre‐eclampsia (Editor's Pick), Opportunity‐Ability‐Motivation behavior change framework and Small‐cell neuroendocrine carcinoma of the uterine cervix.

UN General Assembly build-up

Preparations are underway for the UN General Assembly, where FIGO will attend the third High-level Meeting on NCDs. Hear from Anil Kapur MD on July's interactive Civil Society hearing on the prevention and control of NCDs.

Congratulations to Dr Flavia Bustreo

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."

Preconception counselling

The FIGO Committee on Women’s Health and Human Rights' WELL! Campaign is focusing on preconception counselling for the month of August. Find out more and download the social media graphics to share via your own channels.  
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