A major new initiative to improve the quality of women’s healthcare was launched at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) World Congress 2017 which was held at the CTICC from the 20th to the 22nd of March 2017.
More than 2 300 delegates from 77 countries attended the annual event, which is described as the largest of its kind in the world. This year the congress was organised in partnership with the University of Cape Town.
The RCOG Centre for Women’s Global Health was launched on the second day of the Congress (the 21st of March), which was also Human Rights Day. It will bring together expertise in clinical knowledge, programme funding and development, health systems, monitoring, evaluation, and research, systematic reviews, innovation, outbreak management, and sustainable development.
President of the RCOG, Professor Lesley Regan, said: “The RCOG hopes the centre will become a hub for strategic partnerships of a strong network of world experts in women’s health. Through this network, the RCOG hopes to be able to respond to areas of need in women’s healthcare through gathering evidence to develop best practice and implementing it by developing appropriate training.
“While the scale and barriers to effective change vary in different places around the world, problems facing women in developing countries are no different to those in the UK. Women’s human rights need to be addressed globally in order to reduce maternal mortality and morbidity. A human rights approach to women’s healthcare is essential.”
More information on this incredible initiative can be found in this month’s Issue: