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XXII FIGO World Congress 2018 will discuss the global challenges to women’s health.

Nine thousand professionals, from the most diverse countries and continents, will be in Rio de Janeiro, October 14-19, to exhaustively address all aspects of global women’s health.

This is due to the fact that Rio de Janeiro will host the XXII FIGO World Congress 2018 will enable important discussions that will help shape global, regional and national policy and ultimately ensure the physical, mental, reproductive and sexual well-being of women throughout the world. In doing so, we can transform the future and ensure that every newborn, mother and child not only survives, but thrives.

The FIGO World Congress will return to Latin America for the first time in 15 years. More than 9,000 obstetricians and gynecologists are expected from FIGO’s 130 member societies, as well as midwives, nurses, general practitioners and other specialists. Also present are policy and decision makers from around the globe, NGOs, representations of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations.

2018 is especially important. The world is currently at a pivotal moment when global leaders, national policy makers, partner organisations and civil society are calling out for Health for All; including specific Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) directly related to ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all ages.

“How a country prioritises women’s health demonstrates how that country sees its future. The ambition defined in the specific SDGs health targets reflect the urgency of the work at hand for everyone. At FIGO World Congress in Rio we bring together the global community to share knowledge, best practice and to discuss policy implications to promote healthy lives and well-being for all women, everywhere”. says Johan Vos, Chief Executive, FIGO

The FIGO World Congress is marked by the scientific consistency of its program. There will be seminars and plenary sessions on progress in health promotion, diagnosis and treatment, new technologies, and debates on important regional and global demands. Speakers from virtually every country in the world are confirmed: Bhutan, Afghanistan, India, Chile, Bolivia, USA, Australia, UK, Italy, Ireland, Italy, Panama, France, Bangladesh, Lebanon, Germany, Canada, Slovenia, Jamaica, Colombia, Burkina Faso, and Brazil, among many others.

“The scientific session is the backbone of the Congress, it will address innovative topics for daily practice, the latest developments and the management of rapidly evolving health care requirements as well as the crucial challenges for low-resource countries”. says Prof. CN Purandare, President, FIGO.

Innovative agenda

During the XXII FIGO World Congress, there will be a diverse debate. The full program can be accessed at www.figo2018.org. Here are some key issues:

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights

• Increasing access to family planning is key to achieving the SDGs by 2030
• Addressing Violence against women

Maternal Health

• Postpartum hemorrhage, one of the leading causes of maternal mortality
• Noncommunicable Diseases (including obesity, diabetes, and nutrition), how they can affect pregnancy
• Pre-natal and postnatal care
• The epidemic of cesarean deliveries


• Successes and challenges in preventing and eliminating cervical cancer
• Early detection of cancers of women in middle- and low-income countries

Fertility and Reproductive Medicine

• Fertility practice in resource-poor settings
• Male Infertility – Is Man Forgotten?

General and Operative Gynecology

• Innovations in gynecological surgery

About the FIGO World Congress

The FIGO World Congress takes place every three years since 1958. It is the largest global conference bringing together women’s health professionals from around the world.

In 2018, Congress returns to Latin America after 15 years. The Congress will feature plenary sessions, lectures, seminars and poster presentations. Young scientists are being encouraged to present their work.
The scientific and commercial exhibits will present the latest information and provide participants with information on ongoing changes in care in obstetrics and gynecology.

About FIGO
FIGO is a professional organisation that brings together obstetrical and gynecological associations from all over the world.

FIGO’s vision is that women of the world achieve the highest possible standards of physical, mental, reproductive and sexual health and wellbeing throughout their lives, we lead on global programme activities, with a particular focus on sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

FIGO advocates on a global stage, especially in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) pertaining to reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health and non-communicable diseases (SDG3). We also work to raise the status of women and enable their active participation to achieve their reproductive and sexual rights, including addressing FGM and gender based violence (SDG5).

We also provide education and training for our Member Societies and build capacities of those from low-resource countries through strengthening leadership, good practice and promotion of policy dialogues.

We are in official relations with the World Health Organization (WHO) and a consultative status with the United Nations (UN).