The Office of Global Women's Health (OGWH) leverages the strengths of ACOG’s 60,000 members to bring expertise and program implementation to global partnerships to improve care for women around the world. Our global work is a complement to our domestic programs to ensure that every woman everywhere gets the best possible care in reproductive health.

The OGWH plays a catalytic role in helping global and local stakeholders meet the sustainable development goals (SDGs). The 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.

global women's health sustainable development goals

SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being

To improve women’s health throughout their lives, ACOG will ...

  • Support the implementation of team-based care, quality improvement and advocacy to improve all areas of women’s health, especially the elimination of preventable maternal deaths
  • Ensure global access to the most up-to-date, evidence-based guidelines on women’s health and strategies to ensure adherence
  • Provide comprehensive training in emergency obstetric care with an emphasis on surgical obstetrics
  • Expand knowledge, skills, and ability of health care workers to recognize emergencies and perform lifesaving procedures

SDG 4: Quality Education

To combat the health care professional shortage forecasted to be at 12.9 million by 2035, ACOG will ...

  • Improve the quality of medical education, residency training, and continuing education programs to increase the number of skilled professionals and improve quality of care delivered
  • Serve as a bridge for our university partners by developing a resource hub for distance education and skills development
  • Work with universities, hospitals, professional associations, and governments to improve preservice education and team-based, multidisciplinary training of the health care work force

SDG 5: Gender Equality

As we have always done, we support the empowerment of women and girls to ensure that they have access to ...

  • Sexual and reproductive health care services, including cervical cancer screening and treatment and a full range of contraception options
  • Respectful and appropriate maternal health care
  • The power to make decisions for their own health

SDG 17: Partnerships

To create sustainable change, ACOG will ...

  • Continue to work in consultation with professional associations to strengthen their ability to design and define better-quality health care programs and training at the local level
  • Increase the capacity of professional obstetrics and gynecology associations to advocate for women’s health
  • Expand collaboration among professional associations representing other disciplines