The FOGSI-FIGO Connection
International Federation of
Gynecology & Obstetrics
The Federation of Obstetric &
Gynecological Societies of India
Building her confidence at
Every age, Every stage
Jan - 2014
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The Federation of
of India (FOGSI) is one of
FIGO's most prominent
member societies, with
27,000 obstetriciangynecologists from all
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Greetings to one and all and warm regards.
This newsletter comes to you as news from FIGO related to FOGSI
and will come to you every 4 months. FOGSI is now a very active
branch of FIGO and with so many Indians on the FIGO committee
we have a good say. We are all looking forward to VANCOUVER
FIGO Congress where Prof. C. N. Purandare will take over as the
President of FIGO.
FOGSI's educational programmes for healthcare professionals
and ob-gyns continue to flourish. The recent FOGSI-FIGO
International Conference on 'Recent Advances in Obstetrics &
Gynaecology', held in Hyderabad International Convention Centre
from 13-15 September 2013, was an extremely successful and
well attended event, and a prime example of close professional
collaboration between FIGO and its member societies.
Do give your feedback and do let us know what you want FIGO to
do in India with FOGSI.
FOGSI is also a highly effective organisation in its influencing of
policies for the promotion of women's health at the central and
The activities of FOGSI
with regard to women's health in India have been, and continue to
be, an excellent example to all other associations in low- and
In addition, FOGSI actively liaises with FIGO for the dissemination
of information via 'The FOGSI-FIGO Connection', a newsletter
providing a superb overview of our joint collaborative work.
FIGO very much values its robust relationship with FOGSI, and
hopes that this will continue for many years to come.
Dr. Narendra Malhotra
FOGSI Rep to FIGO
Past President FOGSI
Professor Hamid Rushwan,
FIGO Chief Executive.
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FIGO - the International Federation of
Gynecology and Obstetrics - is the only
organisation that brings together
professional societies of obstetricians
and gynecologists on a global basis.
Currently it has member societies in
125 countries or territories.
FIGO presence at high-profile
national and regional meetings
As FIGO President, I attended the excellent FOGSI Southern Zone,
Tamil Nadu meeting in August, with special sessions devoted to
school children and the public. Shortly afterwards, the President
of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians
and Gynaecologists, Professor Michael Permezel, invited me to
attend its excellent annual meeting, where evidence-based
medicine and guidelines were robustly challenged in every
Following this, the FOGSI-FIGO ‘International Conference on
Recent Advances in Obstetrics and Gynecology’, organised by
the energetic Professor Shantha Kumari, was held in Hyderabad,
India, in late September. There was a record attendance of over
1,000 participants and the scientific programme was enhanced
with a number of excellent pre-congress workshops. Attending
the Singaporean and Swedish societies’ meetings also enriched
my knowledge - they, too, are trying to see how best they can
interact and help less well-resourced countries.
Most high-profile of all recent meetings was the first FIGO Africa
Conference of Gynecology and Obstetrics, held in early October
in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, expertly presided over by Conference
President Dr. Yirgu Gebrehiwot (also President of the African
Federation of Obstetrics and Gynaecology; AFOG). The
Conference attracted an attendance of over 800 delegates from
70 countries, and the scientific programme, ably overseen by
Chair Dr. Hani Fawzi, was excellent. We also met with the
Ministers of Health and Foreign Affairs who pledged their full
support for AFOG and FIGO activities in general.
All those involved in preparations for
this ground-breaking regional
conference deserve our sincere
thanks. We hope there will be more
interaction between African national
societies to help improve women’s
health on this great continent.
One African highlight was a visit to the Hamlin Fistula Hospital in
Addis Ababa (www.hamlinfistula.org) – an amazing
organisation. Dr. Catherine Hamlin and her staff deserve every
recognition for the outstanding work they have performed over
several decades. FIGO is proud to be associated with Catherine
and the hospital – it is now the main training centre for FIGO
In mid-October, I attended – together with Professor Rushwan the World Congress of Surgery, Obstetrics, Trauma and
Anesthesia (WCSOTA) in Trinidad and Tobago, supported by
several prestigious organisations, including Johns Hopkins
University School of Medicine, the International College of
S u rg e o n s , t h e Wo r l d F e d e r a t i o n o f S o c i e t i e s o f
Anaesthesiologists, and the Ministry of Health of Trinidad.
Special thanks goes to Professor Jean Anderson from Johns
Hopkins and Professor Samuel Ramsewak, Dean of Medical
Sciences at the University of the West Indies, for enabling our
participation at this superb event.
In late October, I attended the 64th Congreso Mexicano de
Ginecología y Obstetricia, in Mexico, participating both in the
pre-congress workshop sponsored by WDF and in the main
conference. My congress plenary focused on ‘Knowledge
Transfer’, and incorporated a mention of The Global Library of
Women’s Medicine (www.glowm.com) , the educational
platform supported by FIGO (see page four for an interview with
David Bloomer, its founder). I was pleased to be given the
chance to promote the excellence of the GLOWM website, and to
be able to give an indication of its breadth: e.g. hundreds of
ultrasound pictures; tens of videos and master class lectures; and
hundreds of textbook chapters, etc. Professor Ernesto Castelazo,
FIGO’s Vice President, and his team, looked after us well – we
owe congratulations to Ernesto on his being elected the new
President of the Mexican national federation.
After Mexico, I visited Cordoba with Professor Luis Cabero-Roura
to attend the conference of the Argentinian Federation, superbly
overseen by its President (and FIGO Executive Board member)
Professor Néstor Garello. Simultaneous translation enabled full
participation by the audience. Professor Luis Cabero-Roura and I
were honoured to receive recognition from Cordoba University
(one of the oldest universities in the world) – a doctorate and
professorship respectively. We were delighted and grateful for
their kind gesture. More importantly, this gave us an opportunity
to meet with seven FIGO Executive Board members and members
of the Federation of Latin American Societies of Gynecology and
Obstetrics (FLASOG) to discuss matters of mutual interest and
In November, I participated in the International Annual Meeting of
the Lebanese Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology. The theme,
‘Integrated Care in Acute Emergencies’, was certainly an
appropriate focus with regard to their current situation. Lebanon’s
population is 4.2 million – already there are more than a million
refugees arriving from Syria and they are expecting a further
million. They are planning how best to deal with the health needs
of women and children. FIGO Executive Board member, and Coordinator of the Congress, Professor Faysal El-Kak, is working
closely with the Lebanese national society, and is partially
seconded to the Ministry of Public Health. FIGO encourages
everyone involved to give their best, and we look forward to
learning from their experiences in future meetings. One
observation I would make is that our hosts are all busy with their
clinical practices, teaching and research, but yet give us time and
look after us well – splendid hospitality for which I and my fellow
colleagues are most grateful.
As a final word, I would like to stress that advocacy as a tool has
never been more important. Our standard practice (alongside
other organisations) is to issue statements of support on
important global days – for example, World Prematurity Day – to
help galvanise organisations to work together. Ms Alexandra
Gilpin, our Communications Officer, together with the FIGO
leadership, produces these statements, and posts them on
www.figo.org. We now email these important messages to
national societies for them to disseminate and to encourage them
to produce their own.
FIGO and I are most grateful to all of you for improving the health
of women both as individuals, and through your respective
organisations. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you
for the tremendous support that you provide, for which I and my
fellow colleagues are most grateful. I would also like to thank the
hardworking FIGO staff for their efforts. This final Newsletter of
2013 comes to you with our very best wishes for a 'Happy New
Year', and a positive beginning to 2014!
With kind regards,
Professor Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran
Message from P .FIGO Prof. Dr. Shirish Sheth
What each of 223 Ob-Gyn. society means to FOGSI nationally, FOGSI means to FIGO
Internationally with 125 member societies of Obstetricians and Gynecologists globally.
It is a vital link to progress for the betterment of women's health.
1–5 February 2014
57th All India Congress of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2014
20–23 February 2014
19th World Congress on Controversies in
Obstetrics, Gynecology & Infertility
(COGI) (Macau, China)
20–23 February 2014
3rd International Congress on Cardiac
Problems in Pregnancy (Venice, Italy)
5–8 March 2014
16th World Congress of Gynecological
Endocrinology (Florence, Italy)
28–30 March 2014
RCOG World Congress 2014 (Hyderabad, India)
4–6 April 2014
5th Congress of the Asia Pacific Initiative on
Reproduction (Brisbane, Australia)
30 October–2 November 2014
(Colombo, Sri Lanka)
24–26 April 2014
XII Annual Meeting of the
Mediterranean Society for Reproductive
Medicine (MSRM) & COGI-BCGIP
FIGO accepts no responsibility for the
accuracy of the external event information.
Inclusion of any event does not necessarily mean that
FIGO either endorses or supports it.
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Past Issues of F.I.G.O Newsletters
INDIANS IN F.I.G.O
(President Elect FIGO)
ETHICS COMMITTEE REPORT
Dear Fogsians, as a member of the Ethics Committee of FIGO, I
have interacted with the most wonderful group of people –
people who are truly big in their own fields, in their own
organizations and in their personal lives, yet are so humble, with
their feet on the ground.
I have learnt a lot from them. I have learnt how to create
Recommendations and Guidelines for Ethical practice, have
assisted in creating them and have propagated them through
various means, starting with “FIGO Connect” i.e. this Newsletter,
which I initiated 4 years ago during my tenure as the
Representative of FOGSI to FIGO.
These Recommendations are regularly updated and have been
published by FIGO since 1985. All of them are available online at
www.figo.org. If any of you are in a moral dilemma any time in
your clinical practice, please refer to the relevant guidelines, I am
confident they will show you the correct and ethical way to
I am enjoying my tenure with this Committee which has given me
much more than I have given to it, and I thank all of you for
making this happen in my life.
P K. Shah
Available at : • FIGO : www.figo.com
• FOGSI : www.fogsi.org
• FIGO Connect-India on facebook page
FOGSI-FIGO SESSION AT PATNA AICOG-2014
(President AOFOG) Conference
Tuesday, 4th February from 2 to 3 pm at Hall Ashoka,AICOG convention centre.
02:00 - 03:00 pm
FOGSI FIGO Session
FIGO Guidance for clinical practice
Chairpersons : Suchitra Pandit, CN Purandare, Nozer Sheriar
02:00 - 02:15 pm
02:15 - 02:30 pm
02:30 - 02.45 pm
02:45 - 03.00 pm
Evaluation of modern contraceptive methods
Abnormal uterine bleeding
Gian Carlo Di Renzo
John J Sciarra
(Member Ethics Committee)
FIGO ONCOLOGY COMMITTEE REPORT
Wishing you a Happy Diwali and a Bright New Year !!!
The focus of the FIGO Gyn Oncology Committee has been on education.
With warm regards,
I remain yours sincerely,
The following tasks have been
completed in the last year:
(Gynae onco Committee
1. Gyn Oncology Committee Position
Statem ent on Safety of HPV
2. Gyn Oncology Committee Position
Statem ent on Hereditary Cancers
• FOGSI's Representative to FIGO
• Member Fetal Medicine
3. The revised FIGO Staging of
Ovarian Cancers 2012.
Ongoing projects include:
1. Development of an international database for collection
of data on management and treatm ent outcom es of
various gynaecological cancers.
2. Colposcopy training programs across Africa.
If there is any further information that you require, please do not hesitate to let me know.
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FIGO collaborates on
‘Helping Mothers Survive Bleeding After Birth’
In 2013, FIGO secured funding
from the Laerdal Foundation to
run a master training course on
‘Helping Mothers Sur vive
Bleeding After Birth’. The course,
conducted in collaboration with
Jhpiego and the Laerdal Foundation,
was held prior to the first FIGO
Africa Regional Conference in Addis
Recommendations for action to increase access to highly
effective long-acting reversible contraception. More than 200
million women in the developing world want to prevent
pregnancy but are not using modern contraception. Highly
effective, long acting, reversible contraceptives (LARCs) such as
the intrauterine contraceptive device and contraceptive implants
often are out of reach for women in developing countries.
‘This excellent and highly practical
workshop is a good example of an
interactive learning methodology
which will no doubt contribute to
improving the quality of care in
delivery services. ‘FIGO hopes to
institutionalise similar training
programmes at its national and
In May 2012, the Population Council, the International Federation
of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO), and the Reproductive
Health Supplies Coalition (RHSC) hosted a meeting at the
Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center to discuss opportunities
to increase access to LARCs to accelerate progress toward
meeting the Millenium Development Goal of universal access to
reproductive health services. Participants including service
providers, donor representatives, policymakers, procurement
specialists, manufacturers and public health officials, reached a
consensus on the following analysis and recommendations.
Representatives from seven African
countries were trained by Jhpiego using
the Laerdal Foundation’s MamaNatalie®
Birthing Simulators. Professor Hamid
Rushwan, FIGO Chief Executive, said: ‘A
pivotal aim of FIGO is to ensure the
availability of appropriately trained and
equipped healthcare providers who are
able to implement life-saving techniques
for the benefit of mothers and babies on
the day of birth.
Access to all contraceptives, including LARCs, must be based
upon the right of women and men to the full range of
reproductive health services. The compelling public health and
economic benefits of expanding women's access to LARCs
require new policies and perspectives. The group called for the
action points to ensure such increased access.
MEMORIES OF LONDON MEETING (AT R.C.O.G) WORKING GROUP FIGO FETAL MEDICINE COMMITTEE 10-11 JAN 2014
• Changing policies
• Reducing cost
• Integrating LARCs into health systems
• Ensuring availability and access
invitation enabling me to attend the same from FOGSI.
In recognition of the theme of the 2013 International Conference
on Family Planning, Full Access, Full Choice, the Bellagio Group
on Long-Acting Reversible Contraception reaffirmed its
commitment to expanding women's access to highly effective,
long-acting, reversible contraception within the full range of
The international experts discussed ways to expand contraceptive
choice and accelerate progress towards the Millennium
Development Goal of universal access to reproductive health
services by increasing the availability of highly effective long
acting reversible contraception.
Participants in the Bellagio Group varied by organization
affiliation and professional expertise but shared a commitment to
leadership in encouraging access and choice in contraceptive
The draft is in preparation and will be ready by the end of the
Participants in the meeting included – Peter Donaldson, Ian
Askew, John Townsend (Population Council), Pam Barnes, Roy
Jacobstein, Harriet Stanley (EngenderHealth), Jeff Spieler
(USAID), Scott Radloff (Gates Institute), Campbell Bright
(UNFPA), Paul Blumenthal (Stanford University), Aron Betru
(Pledge Guarantee for Health), Jill Sheffield (Woman Deliver),
Nomi Fuchs-Montgomery (MSI), Baker Maggwa (FHI 360), Karl
Hoffman (PSI), Chastain Fitzgerald (WomanCare Global) Julia
Bunting (IPPF), John Skibiak (RHSC), C N Purandare (FIGO),
Basab Mukherjee (FOGSI), Sally Stephens (Medicines360),
Beatrice Mutali, Kshama Roberts, Koen Kruytbosch (Merck),
Klaus Brill (Bayer)
• Training and supervising qualified providers
• Engaging the support of professional associations
• Gathering and using data to ensure product quality and
• Develop a strategic plan to accomplish these goals
The details of the recommendations may be reviewed at
On 13th November 2013 the third meeting of the Bellagio Working
Group took place at the Sheraton, Addis Ababa on the backdrop
of the International Conference on Family Planning.
From India, Dr. C N Purandare attended the meeting on behalf of
FIGO. He was gracious to request the organizers to extend an
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FOGSI-FIGO International Conference
on “Recent Advances on Obstetrics & Gynaecology”, on 13
Report by Dr. Narendra Malhotra and Dr. Shanta Kumari
- 15th September 2013, at HICC, Hyderabad
The FOGSI-FIGO International Conference on “Recent
Advances on Obstetrics & Gynaecology”, which was held at
the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad
from 13th to 15th of September 2013 was organized by the
FIGO, FOGSI & OGSH. The Conference was a grand
success, with many eminent International and National
personalities representing FIGO and FOGSI as faculty and it
attracted a huge
number of delegates
from all over India.
About 25 eminent International faculty including Prof. Sir
Sabaratnam Arulkumaran (UK), Prof. Gian Carlo Di Renzo
(Italy), Prof. Ernesto Castelazo-Moralesis (Mexico), Prof.
Hamid Rushwan (UK), Prof. Dov Feldberg, MD (Israel), Prof.
Luis Cabero (Spain), Dr. Carlos Füchtner (Bolivia), Prof.
Robert F. Harrison (Ireland), Prof. Giuseppe Benagiano
(Switzerland), Dr. Rohana Nalin Haththotuwa (SriLanka),
Prof. Tsung-Hsien Su (Taiwan) participated. More than 150
National & Local faculty from across the country took part in
the scientific deliberations.
“INVEST IN ME - I
AM THE FUTURE”the girl child on the
and joyfully. The
successfully highlight and focus on the GIRL CHILD and the need
to save, protect and nurture her for our own future.
“A Woman is the full circle. Within her is the power to Create,
Nurture and Transform”
- Diane Marie Child.
The girl child who is nurtured carefully blossoms into a complete
woman – an asset to the nation!
On the 13th, there were four important workshops 1. Fetal Surveillance - For Intact Survival 2. Innovations &
Implementation - Quest through the years 3. Safe
Motherhood - All time need 4. Non-communicable
diseases - High alert in the new millennium, at various halls
at HICC, Hyderabad.
On 13th September, a HMS Workshop at the Continental
Hospital, Gachibowli was organized with over 150 nurses as
trainees and the faculty included – Prof. Sir Sabaratnam
Arulkumaran, Dr. C. N. Purandare, Dr. Hema Divakar, Dr. S.
Shantha Kumari, Dr. Jayam Kannan, Dr. Sheela V. Mane,
Dr. G. Jamuna Devi, Dr. A. Mahita Reddy, Dr. B. V. Shobha,
Dr. Srilatha & Dr. Sarada. The workshop was very successful
and all the trainees were happy and expressed their satisfaction.
A FOGSI - FIGO - GOI meeting - FIGO's partnership with
FOGSI and GOI to reduce Maternal Mortality was organized
on 13th September 2013 at HICC, Hyderabad.
The inaugural function on 14th September celebrated
“Girl Child and Woman Power” with an inauguration by
Shri K. Chiranjeevi Garu, Hon'ble Minister of State (IC) of
Tourism, Govt. of India, special guest and brand ambassador for
“Save the Girl Child” campaign Ms. P V. Sindhu - Indian
Badminton player, Prof. Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran–
Patron-ICRAOG, President FIGO, Dr. C. N. Purandare – Org.
Chairman-ICRAOG, FIGO President elect, Dr. Hema Diwakar –
President-ICRAOG & FOGSI, Dr. S. Shanta Kumari – Org.
Secretary-ICRAOG, Vice President FOGSI, Dr. Nozer Sheriar –
Org. Jt. Secretary-ICRAOG, Secretary General FOGSI and Dr.
Hrishikesh D. Pai, Org. Jt. Secretary-ICRAOG, Deputy Secretary
General FOGSI and little Manasvi representing the girl child. A
“Save the girl child flag' was hoisted and a pledge to save the
girl child was taken. The FOGSI girl child song stole many a
The GOI sessions were on implementing “Maternal Death
Review in India” by Dr. Himanshu Bhushan & Dr. Manisha
Malhotra, Deputy, Commissioners, Maternal Health, MOHFW,
New Delhi and “Maternal Mortality Reduction: Think globally, act
locally!” by Dr. Arvind Mathur, Medical Officer-Making
Pregnancy Safer WHO South East Asia Regional Office, New
Delhi. On the 14th evening, there was a Keynote Address on
FIGO-FOGSI initiatives in Womens Health - making a
difference by Prof. Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran President FIGO and Dr. Hema Diwakar - President FOGSI,
followed by the Cultural programme titled “Dances of India”
and Dinner at the Trident Hotel, Hyderabad. This event again
witnessed a huge gathering of delegates.
On the 15th morning, there were Meet the Experts - Breakfast
sessions on - 1. Recurrent Pregnancy Loss 2. Infertility 3.
On the 15th there were important sessions on FIGO guidelines,
Oration on Women's Health in 21st Century by Dr. C. N.
Purandare, President Elect, FIGO.
On 15th evening, there was a Valedictory Function with a vote
of thanks and prize distribution for best Papers & Poster.
The conference has provided an excellent opportunity to forge
new relationships and to exchange views & opinions with
professionals from across the country and the world on critical
issues of Women's Health.
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Countdown to Vancouver 2015:
preparations in full swing
Cipla’s Partnership in Practice
The preparation for the next FIGO World Congress in Vancouver
(4–9 October 2015) is well in hand, under the leadership of our
various Congress Committees. The conference facilities are
second to none, and the hotel accommodation exceptionally well
appointed, and all well within walking distance. The Congress
‘First Announcement’ has now been released (see
www.figo2015.org and www.figo.org), so I urge you to reserve
the dates and join us for what will be a truly memorable event. I
have no doubt it will be a great success and I want you, FIGO’s
valued colleagues, to play an integral part in that success.
FIGO Group tour to Vancouver,
Those interested can please contact
Mr. Arvind Sharma
Suite No 301, Aggarwal Square, Plot No 10,
Pocket 4, Sector 11, Dwarka,
New Delhi – 110075
Phone: +9 999 108577/ +9 555 108577
This FOGSI-FIGO connection newsletter is printed and published by
Cipla for FOGSI only for private circulation among FOGSI Members.
Dr. Narendra Malhotra
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