FIGO Joining Forces to Achieve the Health-Related Millennium Development Goals
ROME, October 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ –
“FIGO, the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics has a vision that
women of the world achieve the highest possible standard of physical, mental, and
reproductive health and wellbeing throughout their lives. Our mission is dedicated to the
improvement of women’s and newborns health and rights as well as to advancing the science
and practice of obstetrics and gynecology.” These words, by Professor Gamal Serour,
President of FIGO, inaugurated the opening press conference of the FIGO2012 World Congress
of Gynecology and Obstetrics in Rome, Italy, today.
“We expect the FIGO2012 congress to be a rewarding scientific exchange in many aspects
of women’s health. We are sure it will also be an occasion to enhance the open dialogue
between FIGO and various UN organizations and global NGOs on how we can all contribute to
accelerating the progress on achieving the health-related Millennium Development Goals”,
Professor Serour said.
In fact, the vision and mission of FIGO reflect the vital role health professional
organizations have in the joint efforts to achieve specifically, but not only, MDG-4
“Reduce child mortality” and MDG-5 “Improve maternal health”.
Child deaths are falling, but much more needs to be done in order to reach the
development goal: to reduce by two-thirds, between 1990 and 2015, the under five years old
Since 1990, in the developing regions, the rate declined by 35 percent, from 97 deaths
per 1,000 births to 63. But, children in the developing regions as a whole are twice as
likely to die before their fifth birthday as children in the richest 20 percent of
Maternal mortality has nearly halved since 1990. But levels are far removed from the
2015 target: reducing by three-fourths the maternal mortality ratio and achieve universal
access to reproductive health. The regions with the highest maternal mortality, sub
Saharan Africa and Southern Asia, are also those with the lowest coverage of births
attended by skilled health personnel – less than half. Maternal health coverage has
progressively increased in developing regions from 63 percent in 1990 to 80 percent in
“It is our professional responsibility, as physicians, to provide quality care across
the life-cycle, and it is our responsibility, as leaders of global organizations, to join
forces. Rest assured that women will no longer be the silent victims and unheard voices of
a substandard health care”, Professor Serour concluded.