Global Women's Health
Thanks in part to your support, the Office of Global Women’s Health (OGWH) is able to address issues of maternal mortality and morbidity and to improve women’s health globally.
According to the World Health Organization complications during pregnancy and childbirth are a leading cause of death and disability among women of reproductive age in developing countries. In 2015, it was reported that about 830 women die from pregnancy- or childbirth-related complications every day and almost all of those cases are preventable.
To help address these issues, OGWH works to: 1) enhance team-based care, quality improvement and advocacy to improve women’s health care, 2) improve medical education, residency programs and continuing education, 3) share the best science and latest evidence-based guidelines on women’s health appropriate to low resource settings, and 4) build health care teams to provide appropriate obstetric care, integrate family planning and immunizations and other health interventions.
Just this year…
In Uganda, ACOG trained 37 health care providers in the Structured Operative Obstetrics (SOO™) course. Twenty-seven completed the required number of observed caesarean deliveries and 20 were certified as Ugandan Master Trainers who were able to deliver the SOO™ course.
In Malawi, ACOG is implementing a quality improvement initiative centered around the Alliance for Innovation on Material Health (AIM) safety bundles to provide improvements to postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) interventions.
In Latin America ACOG worked with the Committee of Accreditation Federation of Association and Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology (CAFA) to provide accreditation for residency programs, and develop and administer a certification examinations catalyzing awareness in the entire region. In 2015, 116 certification exams were administered in six Central American counties.
In Zambia ACOG convened a panel making a case for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) prevention intervention, with a particular focus on adding uterine balloon tamponade (UBT) as a rescue device in PPH prevention interventions. ACOG introduced UBT training to 49 maternal health care providers. The training included skills-building exercises that addressed the technical concerns and challenges of integrating UBT in PPH.
ACOG serves as a bridge for our university partners by developing a resource hub for distance education and skills development to engage our members who are interested in participating in shoulder-to-shoulder exchanges. ACOG provides a listserv for 144 members to discuss and participate in global health topics and programs.
How to Give:
Stipends and Honoraria:
- Stipends and honoraria from ACOG and other organizations can be redirected to the College. Please contact Elizabeth O'Connell at firstname.lastname@example.org before accepting payments to avoid tax-liabilities.
- Please make all checks payable to The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and mail to Development Department/Global Women's Health, ACOG, 409 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024.
- You may make one-time gifts or recurring donations with all major credit cards.