About Us

The Office of Global Women’s Health (OGWH) addresses critical global challenges in health care in low-resource settings in order to lower rates of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity. OGWH acts as a convener for ACOG members and global partners to catalyze resources for the support of best practices in women's health care worldwide.

We work to increase capacities of all of those who provide health care, including community health workers, nurses, midwives and doctors. We work with ACOG members, our university partners, Ministries of Health, and in-country societies to address the need for more and better trained health care workers and access to basic and comprehensive emergency obstetric care in order to lower rates of maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity.

We’re driven by a desire to increase women’s access to quality health care globally.

SOO Mbarara

OGWH works glocally (globally and locally) to provide shoulder-to-shoulder engagement that provides training for health care workers, quality improvement for delivery of the best services, creation and sustainability of residency and medical education, and convenes partners to deliver solutions, information, and resources in the pursuit of fulfilling our mission. Our model of sustainable interventions and strategies includes:

  • Enhancing team-based care, quality improvement and advocacy to improve women’s health care.
  • Improving medical education, residency programs and continuing education.
  • Sharing the best science and latest evidence-based guidelines on women’s health appropriate to low resource settings.
  • Building health care teams to provide appropriate obstetric care, integrate family planning and immunizations and other health interventions.
Read more about our programs and activities
– OGWH Brochure
– Capability Statement
OGWH Newsletter, April 2018
– Introducing UBT in Zambia Case Study
– Sustainable Development Goals Statement

Our programmatic impact includes:

In Latin America: Successfully administered the annual residency review exam and certification exam to over 500 examinees in 6 countries.

In Uganda: Continued implementation of the Structured Operative Obstetrics (SOO™) program at Makerere University (MU) and Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST), training 125 providers (residents and interns) and 62 instructors.

In Malawi: Through a partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health and Baylor College of Medicine/Texas Children's Hospital, trained 395 participants in emergency leadership and communication skills and post-partum hemorrhage management. Data analysis concluded that the program impacted 19,000 births, increased the technical interventions and, therefore, reduced the number of hysterectomies. It also increased the culture of safety and confidence of the team, improving their quality of care.

In Central America: Provided rapid response training to over 800 health care providers in the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador through virtual tutoring by twenty-five clinical experts and Fellows from ACOG.

Uganda training

In Zambia: Successfully integrated Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT), a life-saving, easy-to-use, and effective option for managing severe Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH), into the Zambian Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) curriculum. Trained 618 nurses, midwives, and medical doctors in UBT.

Member resources: Developed a resource hub for ACOG members to access information on global health opportunities, continuing education and skills development to engage our members who are interested in participating in shoulder-to-shoulder exchanges. ACOG provides a listserv for 214 members to discuss and participate in global health topics and programs.

OGWH has a portfolio of nine international programs in 21 countries. ACOG has worked in Burma, Ethiopia, India, Malawi, Nigeria, Uganda, Zambia, and Central and South America.



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