News and Resources

Below are news and resources about the Office of Global Women's Health

Office of Global Women's Health December Newsletter, December 2018. This latest issue of our newsletter provides updates on our FIGO activities, the wrap up of the ESOG-ACOG Collaboration, and the relaunch of the Essential Training in Operative Obstetrics training program in Uganda. It also provides information on the CAFA exams, an update from the AI/AN program, and information on our new partnership in Madagascar.

Environmental Toxic Exposure as a Gender Parity Issue, March 2018. Reducing the disease burden of toxic environmental exposures from food, air, water, and other sources of pollution will contribute importantly to improving women’s health and ensuring environmental sustainability.

Expanding Women’s Health Care Globally through Education & Empowerment of Health Workers, March 2018. In 2016, the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology partnered with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO), a US-based nonprofit organization that has spent more than 31 years working with partners in resource-scarce countries to provide teaching, training and professional opportunity to health workers. ACOG sponsors HVO’s newest program in obstetrics and gynecology.

Dr. Gelila Goba Honored as first Martin-Peterson Awardee, December 2017. The Martin-Peterson Global Health Scholar Award recognizes an obstetrician-gynecologist with outstanding ability from a low- or middle-income country, who is currently in the United States under the auspices of a formal hospital or university program. Dr. Goba has spent more than 20 years dedicated to improving women’s health care in Ethiopia and the US.

Office of Global Women's Health Newsletter, October 2017. This latest issue of our newsletter provides updates on our programs in Ethiopia, Uganda, and Zambia. It also provides information on our Zika project with USAID ASSIST in Central America, an update on the AIM Malawi project, and our case study published in September.

Introducing Uterine Balloon Tamponade in Zambia: Engaging and Training Local Partners, Case Study, September 2017. As part of Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) worked with local partners to implement Uterine Balloon Tamponade (UBT) — a technique used to insert a balloon into the uterus, and inflated to alleviate or stop refractory bleeding — as a low-cost complementary method to prevent death from postpartum hemorrhage (PPH) in Zambia. This work was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and conducted with ACOG’s implementing partner the Centre for Infectious Disease Research Zambia (CIDRZ). Other key stakeholders included the Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (EmONC) committee and the Zambian Association of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians (ZAGO).

Updates from ACOG's Office of Global Women's Health, September 2017 ACOG Rounds. With several programs finishing their initial activities, ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health (OGWH) is working to renew many of its popular 2017 programs. Here's a snapshot of what OGWH has been up to in 2017.

Health Volunteer Opportunities in Uganda and Vietnam, July 2017 ACOG Rounds. Global volunteer opportunities are now available for ACOG Fellows through a unique partnership with Health Volunteers Overseas (HVO). This partnership is part of a presidential initiative from ACOG’s immediate Past President Tom Gellhaus, MD, to make short-term projects easily accessible for ACOG members.

Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Collaborates with ACOG, May 2017 ACOG Rounds. In March, two Fellows of the Ethiopian Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ESOG), Mekdes Daba, MD, and Delayehu Bekele, MD, spent a week in the United States as part of a collaboration between ACOG and ESOG.

OGWH Signs on with USAID ASSIST to Provide Zika Support in Latin America, March 2017. In an effort to strengthen the capacity of health services for the prevention and management of Zika, ACOG’s Office of Global Women’s Health (OGWH) signed on to the USAID ASSIST (Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems) Project, which provides technical support services to Zika-related activities in the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.

WHO/UNICEF Joint Statement: Managing possible serious bacterial infection in young infants 0-59 days old when referral is not feasible. February 2017.

Joint Statement: International Policy Statement for Universal Use of Kangaroo Mother Care for Preterm and Low Birthweight Infants. February 2017.

Joint Statement: Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. January 2017.

Joint Statement: International WHO Recommendations on Interventions to Improve Preterm Birth Outcomes. January 20, 2017.

Global Gag Rule, Mexico City Policy. February 8, 2017. ACOG strongly opposes the Trump Administration's actions to reinstate and expand the global gag rule, also known as the Mexico City Policy. ACOG opposes all political interference in the patient-physician relationship. The negative impacts of the global gag rule are known. This policy places an unacceptable barrier on women's health care providers' ability to provide evidence based quality care and will result in women losing access to maternal, newboard, and child health care, contraception, and HIV prevention and care.

Survive & Thrive Progress Report, July 2010 - June 2016. January 2017. Survive & Thrive Global Development Alliance (GDA) is a public-private partnership working to improve the quality of facility-based maternal, newborn, and child health (MNCH) services in focus countries. The alliance supports and sustains high quality facility-based interventions and clinical competencies through training and quality-improvement approaches and effective technologies and innovations. Additionally, they mobilize and equip members of professional associations to improve the quality of high-impact MNCH interventions in health facilities and to be champions in MNCH.

Joint Statement: Improving Quality of Maternal and Newborn Care in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. January 2017. This joint statement calls to action Health Care Professional Associations to commit themselves to assume a critical leadership role to improve care of mothers and newborns to end preventable mortality. This International Joint Statement was reviewed and endorsed by the Council of International Neonatal Nurses (COINN), the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), the International Council of Nurses (ICN), the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the International Pediatric Association (IPA). The statement was developed by the United States Agency for International Development’s Applying Science to Strengthen and Improve Systems (ASSIST) with support from the Every Preemie-SCALE project, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth (GAPPS) and Save the Children’s Saving Newborn Lives project.

Statement on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), October 2016. OGWH plays a catalytic role in helping global and local stakeholders meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). OGWH is committed to using science to assure successful implementation of sustainable interventions at scale and, as a trusted partner with local and global organizations, advances targets for health, education, gender equality, and partnerships. Download the SDG Statement (pdf).

ACOG Strengthens through Success of the CAFA, October 2016 ACOG Rounds. On October 1, 2016, more than 170 Central American physicians will take the ob-gyn certification examination, which has standardized the residency educational objectives in six different countries. The exams will be administered in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama as part of a collaboration between ACOG and the Federation of Central American Associations and Societies of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FECASOG).

AIM Takes on Maternal Mortality in Malawi, July 2016 ACOG Rounds. As part of President Thomas Gellhaus’ six-point plan to improve the health care of women and children around the world, a pilot project was initiated in Malawi to implement the Alliance for Innovation in Maternal Health (AIM) safety bundles. The program is headed by Joseph Sclafani, MD, a Baylor College of Medicine professor at the Kazmuzu Hospital in Lilongwe, Malawi, who works very closely with Malawi’s Minister of Health to improve their quality of care.

ACOG Honorary Fellow Denis Mukwege, MD, Named One of Time Magazine's '100 Most Influential People', May 2016 ACOG Rounds. In April 2016, ACOG Honorary Fellow Denis Mukwege was named one of Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’. The magazine recognized Dr. Mukwege for his work as the founder of Panzi Hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), which specializes in the treatment of women who have been gang-raped by rebel forces.

Pre-term Birth Module Webinar, January 2016. On January 12, 2106, Dr. Scott Petersen, Walter Reed Military Medical Center, and Dr. Vineeta Gupta, ACOG, gave an overview on Management of Preterm Birth Module relevant for low resource settings.

Reducing Maternal Mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa through Improvement of Surgical Obstetric Skills, January 2016 ACOG Rounds. ACOG recently collaborated with the Association of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Uganda (AGOU) and residency programs in Uganda to conduct Structured Operative Obstetrics™ (SOO) trainings for university faculty and ob-gyn society members in Uganda.

Editorial, Global Health Scholar Program, Bridget Kelly, MD, and Hal C. Lawrence III, MD, Clinical Review, Sept-Oct 2015

How Can We Improve Maternal Mortality Rates in Sub-Saharan Africa?, October 2015 ACOG Rounds. During the 21st World Congress of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), close to 75 attendees from United States and African institutions met to share their experiences in training more ob-gyns and expanding opportunities for learning through the 1000+ OBGYN Project to help reduce maternal mortality in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Saving Mothers Giving Life Mid-Initiative Report, October 2015. The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and partners released the Saving Mothers, Giving Life Mid-Initiative Report, October 9, 2015, which shows nearly a 50 percent reduction in maternal deaths in target facilities in Uganda and Zambia in the first 2½ years of the initiative. Saving Mothers, Giving Life (SMGL) is a public-private partnership launched in 2012 that takes an integrative, holistic approach to health systems in Uganda and Zambia.

Bringing Solutions for Postpartum Hemorrhage (PPH) to Zambia, September 2015 ACOG Rounds. An Update on ACOG’s Work with Saving Mothers Giving Life (SMGL). In July 2015, ACOG Fellow Melody Eckardt, MD, Faculty and Director of Maternal Health, Massachusetts General Hospital, and ACOG Technical Director of Global Women’s Health Vineeta Gupta, MD, traveled to Zambia to train local health care workers in uterine balloon tamponade (UBT), a low-cost solution for postpartum hemorrhage (PPH).

Dr. Lameck Chinula's trip to the U.S., April 2015 ACOG Rounds. Learn more about Dr. Chinula's Global Health Scholar experience in America

Dr. Bridget Kelly's trip to Malawi, February 2015 ACOG Rounds. Brief summary of Dr. Kelly's Global Health Scholar experience in Malawi

The Role of Professional Health Associations in Reducing the Global Burden of Maternal Mortality, September 24, 2014Joint Statement by the Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada (SOGC), the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)

Global Maternal Health: How ACOG and its Fellows are improving outcomes worldwide, July 2013.

Statement of Policy, September 2012. Acknowledging the significant interplay of women’s human rights with the overall health of women and society, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) ardently support efforts to improve the dignity, autonomy, rights and health of women in the United States and globally.




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