Program Overview

The Office of Global Women’s Health has several active partnerships that create opportunities for our members to be part of the solution to improve women’s health globally.

More information about our program:

Supporting Healthcare Workers: Introduction and implementation of team-based care, quality improvement and advocacy to improve all areas of women’s health care, especially the elimination of preventable maternal death.

In order to combat the health care provider shortage forecasted to be at 12.9 million by 2035, ACOG will continue to work with universities, hospitals, professional associations and governments to increase the number of skilled healthcare workers. To create sustainable change, local professional associations, in partnerships with local governments, need to be empowered to prioritize maternal and women’s health care. ACOG will continue to increase capacities of ob-gyn professional associations to develop programs and advocate for women’s health, and will expand collaboration among professional associations representing other disciplines.

Improving Clinical Competencies and Quality of Care: Training of trainers, in-service training and pre-service education of doctors, clinical officers, nurses, and midwives. Activities include:

  • In Uganda, re-establishing Surgical Training in Operative Obstetrics for interns who will serve as district health officers.
  • In Burma, Training of Trainers in antenatal corticosteroid therapy and kangaroo care for reduction of neonatal morbidity and mortality from preterm delivery.
  • In Burma, Malawi, Uganda and Zambia, training and PAS for midwifery associations and others conducted with American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM).

Professional Association Strengthening (PAS): Increasing the ability of professional associations (PAs) to become leaders in their field and conduct oversight and assessment of health team skills and outcomes. A stronger association leads to improved education and training of Ob/Gyn residents and facility-based care as well as improved data collection. Activities include:

  • Assessments, guidelines and training for the Ob/Gyn associations of Burma, Malawi, Uganda, and Zambia.
  • Comprehensive educational materials made globally available on PAS and pre-term birth, PAS materials being developed include sustainability plans, and quality improvement strategies for maternal health.
  • Integrate collaboration among Bangladesh, Burma and Malawi Ob/Gyn societies.
  • Support Zambia Ob/Gyn society to strengthen its role in national health policy and to advocate for permission to train nurse-midwives in uterine balloon tamponade by Ministry of Health (MoH).

Global Health Resource Center: Providing resources for health care providers, Ob/Gyn training programs and PAs. Information on delivery of women’s health care. Quality improvement materials and clinical materials and tools adapted for low-resource settings.

Utilizing ACOG’s expertise, OGWH addresses the multifactorial reasons for a lack of access to high quality health care, EmONC and surgical obstetrics through:

  • Multi-disciplinary team building of health workers in basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care to prevent treatable maternal mortality and morbidity
  • Pre- and in-service training in surgical obstetrics, managing obstructed labor to prevent fistula and other injury, addressing post-partum hemorrhage, and post-abortion care
  • Improving medical education and residency programs through curriculum development, re/certification, CME development, dissemination of educational materials and examinations
  • Quality Improvement of health facilities, utilizing various quality assessment techniques, including an evaluation based on ACOG guidelines, with a focus on ensuring high impact, high quality EmONC

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
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